The James City County Board of Supervisors has accepted Dominion Virginia Power’s most recent request to defer a public hearing on the zoning of its proposed switching station.
The new hearing date, Aug. 9, is more than a year out from a Planning Commission meeting during which the commission voted to deny the zoning request.
The Skiffes Creek Switching Station would be located in Grove and would be part of Dominion’s plan to power the Peninsula by importing electricity via the Surry-Skiffes Creek 500 kilovolt (kV) line crossing the James River and the Skiffes Creek-Whealton 230kV line.
This is not the first time the hearing has been postponed. The hearing was originally for Oct. 13, was postponed to Nov. 24 and then deferred to Dec. 8. It was postponed to January, leaving the decision in the hands of two new Board members and three incumbents, before it was deferred to February and then March.
In a letter to Board Chairman Michael Hipple (Powhatan) dated Feb. 9, attorney Brennen Keene, who represents Dominion, writes that it is an appropriate time to request a longer deferral, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still reviewing Dominion’s building permit application for the project.
The Board has the option to request an earlier hearing date if the Army Corps approves a building permit before Aug. 9.
Dominion was granted an extension to complete the project by the State Corporation Commission late last year. It must now bring the project online within 20 months of receiving a building permit from the Army Corps.
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