Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Best regards from Dulles! Below are few updates on important issues for our area; please read and share –THANK YOU! For continuous updates on these issues and others, please follow me on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/DelegateDavidRamadan) and Twitter(www.Twitter.com/DavidIRamadan).
Power Lines – Route 50, Loudoun
I’ve held several meetings and many more telephone calls on this issue over the last few weeks. As I previously reported, Dominion Power has new project to build 230 KV power lines in the Route 50 corridor to serve a large, new by-right data center on the existing South Riding Nursery Parcel at Poland Road. Dominion is required by law to serve the data center-just like they would be required to provide power to any property owner for any type of use. In May, Dominion submitted its filing to the State Corporation Commission (SCC) –who has the sole authority over utilities– for the project and it appears that they did not take into consideration the concerns expressed by property owners and the community. The path is entirely along Route 50, on the south side. It is clear that the chosen path will inhibit StoneSpring Hospital’s ability to Medivac patients, and harm the development of Avonlea Town Center.
Although Dominion have assured me that they are studying the effects of their chosen path on the hospital and informed me that they have commissioned an FAA study, I remain very concerned and support the County position of opposing the current routes. Here is where we stand today:
- The Loudoun Board of Supervisors passed a Resolution last week formally opposing the power lines on Route 50 and endorsed three alternative routes for the SCC and Dominion to consider. Supervisor Letourneau is holding a public meeting to discuss the County’s proposed alternatives and a strategy on going forward this Thursday, July 23 at 7pm at Mercer Middle School – I urge you all to attend.
- The SCC had scheduled a hearing in Leesburg in August to hear from constituents. That didn’t sit well with me due to the time of day and location of the meeting; so I requested a change of venue or an additional hearing. My request was supported by Senator Black, Delegate LeMunyon, Chairman York and Supervisor Letourneau. The SCC granted our request and scheduled a Dulles South Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 25th at 6 PM at Freedom High School – Please save the date; it is very very very important that our constituents show up to this meeting and testify to the SCC against the Rt. 50 options and support the County options.
I will continue to work closely with Supervisor Letourneau who is working with a coalition of landowners and HOA leaders to deal with this issue. This coalition have started an on line petition which I urge you to sign: www.NoTowersOn50.org/petition
Please stay tuned, this will be long fight through the SCC and we will need every constituent’s help and involvement. …