High Voltage Power Lines Must Be Buried

Subsequent to a recent amendment, the Oshtemo Township, Michigan, utility-control ordinance now requires high voltage power lines within 250 feet of any public road right-of-way to be placed underground, and lines must also be buried in zoning districts that require it.

The township also issued a resolution in relation to high voltage lines, referencing the township’s authority to provide for the public health, safety and welfare of township residents and property. The amendment and resolution are deemed necessary to preserve the township’s rural character, ease strain on roads, enhance traffic safety, maintain the township’s aesthetics, comply with the master land use plan, protect and enhance operation of utilities, enhance residents’ safety, and protect residential dwellings and businesses.

The amendment and resolution follow resident protests over a new 7-mile-long overhead high voltage power line planned through the township by ITC Holdings Inc. See mlive.com coverage.

~ by RETA on November 23, 2011.

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