JCC Supervisors delay switching station hearing to December

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A simulated view of the over-river power line from the Kingsmill area. (Photo courtesy Dominion)
A simulated view of the over-river power line from the Kingsmill area. (Photo courtesy Dominion)

The JCC Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday night to defer a public hearing on the Skiffes Creek Switching Station to Dec. 13.

This is the sixth time the hearing has been rescheduled since September. Each deferment followed a written request from Dominion Virginia Power, which is looking to build transmission lines over the James River to power the Peninsula.

The hearing, which was most recently scheduled for Aug. 9, will now take place nearly 18 months after the JCC Planning Commission recommended denying Dominion’s rezoning application for land in Grove where the switching station would be built.

In a letter to board chairman Michael Hipple (Powhatan) dated June 27, attorney Brennen Keene, who represents Dominion, said Dominion is waiting on a decision from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with the project but does not expect a resolution before Aug. 9.

“It only serves us well to wait for the final determination by the Army Corps…before we determine if this is an appropriate use for this land,” said Vice Chairman John McGlennon, who represents Grove on the board.

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