May 18, 2017
The PUC Commissioners have decided that Route LHO-1 is the approved route for this project.
3 months ago
Is there any update on this? I was approached by someone working with LCRA to survey my property today. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Sara, yes, the PUC made its decision back in May. You can read about it here: communityimpact.com/austin/round-rock-pflugerville-hutto/city-county/2017/06/06/much-controversy-...
Many showed at the PUC Open Meeting, I only had access in the overflow room. I had hoped for a delay in the decision as Comm Anderson pointed out that ERCOT should not have only given one starting and end point. But as the project needs to be completed by 2020, they can't delay any longer. LHO-1 is the decided route.
The lines will run along the Route 31 up to 1431 and CR175/Sam Bass road but will continue along 1431 toward Ronald Reagan as opposed to north on CR175.
This is a major win for the parks, Brushy Creek and Williamson County Southwest Regional, however it is very unfortunate 1431 will not be spared. ... See MoreSee Less
Is there a map of the route that we can see or a link? Thank you for the update.
Really?! Wow! That is a huge win for the CR175 group!
Why did they not go with the court's ruling?
It was common sense to run it down Reagan. They sited less impact and no vote given to those on 175.
here is the link www.adminmonitor.com/tx/puct/open_meeting/20170518/
Emily did you see this?
So glad they are running it along more major roads and avoiding Williamson County Regional Park.
Here's a screenshot of the LHO-1 route
This is not a total win for us, but I've long accepted that they were not going to approve the far-more-expensive northern route that we preferred. So I will focus on what we did win, which is that the line does not go on two sides of Vista Oaks, the line does not cut behind all the neighborhoods north of 1431 and the line will not destroy the rural setting of CR175. Thank you Steve Garcia and Tim Thornton for starting these efforts! And thank you to everyone who worked on this movement. <3
🙁 awful still. but thanks for the fight!!!!!!!! When is this happening?
when is this happening?
The LCRA is estimating 2020 when the additional growth will cause the existing grid to become no longer reliable or stable for existing homes. I don't know how quickly the monopoles can be installed but I would expect it to start within the next year. I have no data to back it up but I would not expect them to wait until the last minute to get started.
Thanks Shawn Dempsey for all your updates in this. Grateful I won't have a front row of the power lines from my patio.
No decision was made this morning. Majority of the public comments were the support for either COL-1 or LHO-1; both of these routes would still run the power lines along 1431.
This was Commissioner Nelson's final open meeting before her retirement. She did not ask many questions and more facilitated the discussion than asking for or giving any input.
Commissioner Anderson did ask the LCRA why there were only a single starting and end point for the power seeing as this has turned neighbor against neighbor. It has been known that ERCOT made the recommendation but based on the PUC comments today, ERCOT does not necessarily use the same process and rationale for choosing a route as does the PUC. If the ERCOT process is in question, the work done by the LCRA up to this point could very well be null and void. Commissioner Anderson thought that using 183A from Austin to Leander as a route would make more sense; in essence, telling the LCRA they very well may have to start the entire process over.
LCRA's response was they were concerned the need for sooner power in the area was too great with the projected growth in Leander. The Commissioner's did not give a response to this.
There's still hope yet for our street, our homes, churches, business and schools. What I've witnessed from the past year is how easily a unified group can be divided and assumptions can be perceived as gospel. Do not give up hope! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for watching and sharing this!
Very nice job today, everyone. Seems like we should have every media outlet there for the decision. They don't want the public disgrace.
I want to say a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who took the time to come to the PUC today. We had a great turnout and our speakers did a great job. Now we just have to pray it goes our way.
thanks for the update
1 years ago
Anyone has any updates? A friend of mine just told me that a friend of her is putting her home for sale since transmission line is been confirmed to be on 1431, does anyone know what is the final route? ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Luisa, as of right now there hasn't been a decision as to where the lines will be placed. We're in the very early stages of what will probably be 5 - 6 months of hearings where the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) will be listening to testimonies from home and land owners affected by one of the 31 routes. 1431 is still the route that has the highest potential for the lines to run through however it's not set in stone. Once the ALJs make their decision they make a recommendation to the PUC and they will make the decision which may not happen until Spring 2017.
2 years ago
Is anyone still running this website? Like most of us who have intervened, I've received the new information. My husband and I want to attend the meeting tomorrow but his 90 year old mother is ill so we may not be able to attend. How crucial is this meeting? Is there anyone with whom we can discuss this? It seems as though the whole process is meant to discourage the average joe from being involved. Most people have jobs and can't take the time off to attend meetings, etc. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Cheryl, yes, we're still managing the site though until tomorrow, there hasn't been much news to report. I plan to be at the pre-hearing and will be taking good notes which I'll be posting on the Save1431 site. I'm hearing a lot of people not able to make it.
2 years ago
The final day to submit your intervention form has arrived. Today is the last day to make your voice heard!
The PUC Central Records office is open from 9am to 5pm today and they must have your 10 copies of your completed intervenor form at their office. Postmarked is not enough!
You can either have it sent by courier or physically handed in on the 8th floor of the William B. Travis building, 1701 N. Congress. The office two blocks north of the capitol.
If you have already submitted your application, you can check on the status on the PUC docket page: interchange.puc.texas.gov/WebApp/Interchange/application/dbapps/filings/pgControl.asp?TXT_UTILITY... ... See MoreSee Less
I'm delivering a dozen today.
I dropped off 13 interventions at about 12:30. She said they got a lot of forms today and that they had just gotten through today's mail. Woohoo! As soon as we know the next steps, we'll offer as much help as we can. 🙂
2 years ago
This is the last chance to intervene! I will drive last-minute intervention forms to the PUC on Monday. Drop your form at my house, 3749 Castle Rock, and I'll make copies and deliver it for you. There's a basket by my door, and you can leave it there.
You can intervene, even if you didn't get a form. Find a form here. Your personal story is powerful. Only you can tell it. Please intervene on behalf of our neighborhood and our elementary school.
www.save1431.com/be-an-intervenor/ ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks so much for doing this Shawn. I will get mine to you ASAP and help spread the word.
I'll watch for it, Amy. 🙂 Round up some more and bring those too! 😀