The bill claims to enable transmission providers to contract with developers and government entities for installation of public trails in transmission line rights-of-way.
HB22-1104 is unnecessary:
Transmission providers already have the ability to attach public trails to transmission line rights-of-way. The current existence of public trails in some transmission line rights-of-way in Colorado proves that. Tri-State currently has a crossing license application process in place where anyone who wants to build something (including a road or trail) in Tri-State’s easement may have their plan reviewed and may obtain permission from Tri-State to build it.
HB 22-1104 is prohibitive:
It will make landowners more reluctant to allow easements at all and will potentially hurt utilities’ relationships with landowners with whom we currently hold transmission easements. Permitting and acquiring easements for transmission lines is difficult. Adding the possibility that affected landowners might later be expected to allow construction OR PUBLIC Access by a public trail on their property will be prohibitive to the acquisition. Many owners who would be willing sell a transmission line easement will be unwilling to take a chance on having to allow the public to cross their property.
HB22-1104 places an undue burden to utilities:
The bill requires utilities to develop informational brochures to inform local governments and the public about the potential for using transmission line rights-of-way for public trails. This creates undue burden on the utilities, additional cost, and excess work to find and supply this information. In addition to design standards and safety requirements, the informational materials must also identify funding sources. Transmission providers are not in a position to know what funding sources exist for public trails.
Tri-State is required by Statute (CRS 29-20-108) to notify potentially affected jurisdictions of any transmission projects contained in its annual filings with the PUC as well as any CPCN application. Tri-State does not think it appropriate to bog down our CPCN process, or our local land use permitting processes with information about an unrelated project that hasn’t been proposed.
Please oppose HB22-1104 – Powerline Trails
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