the provision is only a minute piece of an overall energy bill, the County's lobbyist
in Richmond believes it will pass through both houses of the General Assembly
intact. It is her recommendation that the best course of action would be for Governor
Kaine to receive "thousands" of letters/emails from concerned citizens.
Please inform your membership of this issue and pass on the contact information
and sample letter below.
Scott York, Jim Burton, Jim Clem, and Sally Kurtz
for the Governor:
The Honorable Timothy
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
To email: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm
Phone: (804) 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351
Dear Governor Kaine,
I am very concerned with
provisions in SB-262 which would suspend local zoning regulations on substations
that have been included as part of the State Corporation Commission approval of
transmission lines. Such a provision would preempt local land use plans, diminish
local government authority over zoning decisions, and reduce opportunities for
Va. Code §15.1-2232
establishes the legal status of the local comprehensive plan. Unless shown as
a feature on the adopted comprehensive plan, a public utility facility may not
be established until the planning commission makes a finding that the general
location and character of the facility is substantially in accord with the plan.
This is the same standard applied to streets, parks, public buildings and public
areas. SB 262 will remove this requirement for all types of new energy facilities,
which is a major concern to most local governments.
Local officials are in
a better position to assess impacts on their citizens associated with such uses.
Substations should continue to be subject to local zoning control, in the same
manner as other necessary public facilities such as schools, police and fire stations,
and water towers. Local officials are also more responsive to local citizenry
than an appointed entity in Richmond. Local hearings on such matters are easier
for citizens to attend and a less imposing forum — both of which encourage
maximum stakeholder input.
Governor Kaine, this provision
in SB 262 is the first step down a very slippery slope in which the General Assembly
grants statewide exemptions from local ordinances to favored businesses —
this year it is the power company, next year it might be the trash industry, and
the year after that the construction industry. At that point why have a comprehensive
plan or local zoning ordinances in the first place?
Please do not sign SB 262
into law without first removing this provision.
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