LCRA’s Zorn to Marion 345 kV Transmission Line Project

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) recently filed its Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) application for a new 345kV transmission line between the Zorn and Marion substations in Guadalupe County. The area under study for the proposed route is located between New Braunfels and Seguin. Approximately 10-14 miles of new Right of Way (ROW) is anticipated for the new line, which will serve northern Bexar County and the Interstate 35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin.

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The CCN application, filed in March of 2016, compares 15 routes selected for further analysis. Route 10 was identified as the preferred route by the LCRA. The possible routes generally travel in a northeast to southwest direction near the border of Comal County, south of New Braunfels. Several criteria are considered by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) when selecting a project’s final design and route. This analysis is described for each route within the CCN application, which includes information on environmental impacts, proximity to habitable structures, and overall costs.

A hearing is scheduled at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for June 20-22, 2016 to review this project. It is possible for a final route to be selected at this time. Currently, intervenors and other affected parties are submitting public comments for the PUC to review. You can find these submissions and other information about the project at the PUC interchange by searching for docket number 45601 at http://interchange.puc.texas.gov/WebApp/Interchange/application/dbapps/filings/pgSearch.asp.

Please contact Luke Ellis, at Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge at lellis@jmehlaw.com or (512) 215-4078 if you have any questions or would like to receive periodic updates on this project.

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Luke Ellis and Justin Hodge are partners with Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge. Justin heads the firm's eminent domain practice in the Houston office. Luke heads the firm's eminent domain practice in the Austin office. Luke Ellis is widely recognized as one of Texas’s top young lawyers—and one of the top lawyers of any age practicing in the area of eminent domain. Mr. Ellis has broad experience and has enjoyed success in many types of civil litigation. Justin Hodge is a trial lawyer who represents Texas landowners in condemnation, eminent-domain, and real-estate lawsuits. He represents landowners in condemnation proceedings, not the governmental authorities or private companies taking property. Mr. Hodge has handled complex condemnation and eminent-domain cases throughout the State of Texas. If you have questions about any of the issues raised in this blog, we invite you to discuss them with us at jhodge@jmehlaw.com or lellis@jmehlaw.com.

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