Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 112396
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File Number: 112396 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-885-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: TRANSMISSION LINES UNDERGROUND Introduced: 11/10/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/4/2011
Agenda Date: 10/4/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A16
Notes: THIS IS FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. ALSO SEE 111355. Title: RESOLUTION OPPOSING ANY DECISION BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WHICH WOULD AUTHORIZE THE PLACEMENT OF ABOVE-GROUND 230KV AND 500KV TRANSMISSION LINES IN ANY RESIDENTIAL AREA WITHIN AN ALTERNATE TRANSMISSION LINE CORRIDOR IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND URGING FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT TO PLACE THE 230KV AND 500KV TRANSMISSION LINES UNDERGROUND IF THEY ARE PLACED IN ANY RESIDENTIAL AREAS AND PLACE TRANSMISSION LINE POLES IN THE LEAST INTRUSIVE LOCATIONS (SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 112396)
Indexes: TRANSMISSION LINES
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

County Attorney 11/10/2011 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer

Board of County Commissioners 10/4/2011 11A16 Amended Adopted as amended P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Abbie Schwaderer noted there were two possible amendments. The first amendment proposed by Commissioner Bell would add a Section 2 on page number 4, after the “NOW THEREFORE” clause, which would read: “This Board opposes any decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection which would authorize the placement of above ground 230 kV and 500 kV transmission lines where that placement can subject municipalities to economic harm”; and at the end of now Section 3, formerly Section 2, it would “urge Florida Power and Light (FPL) to place those transmission lines underground in residential neighborhoods,” and it would insert the words “including along US 1”. Assistant County Attorney Schwaderer advised that there was also another proposed amendment, which would insert a new section on handwritten page 4 after the “NOW THEREFORE” clause to read as follows: “Section 2. This Board opposes any decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which would authorize the placement above ground of 230 kV and 500 kV transmission lines where that placement could subject municipalities to economic harm;” to renumber Section 2 to Section 3.and to insert, “Along U.S. 1” at the end of the paragraph under Section 3.” Commissioner Sosa said that she would accept the second amendment. She noted her office had received a huge number of calls from residents who had received a letter informing them that FPL was going to place big poles in front of their homes, and she pointed out that it was the County’s responsibility to protect the residential areas. She said that it was unacceptable for the municipalities to decide that the lines should go through the unincorporated areas. She noted the Commission members should urge FPL to place power lines underground, as much as possible, but if that was not possible, FPL should avoid running them through residential areas. Commissioner Moss said he wanted to ensure that the problem would not be pushed from one area to another. He wanted the decisions to be fair to every community in Miami-Dade. Commissioner Bell noted she concurred entirely with Commissioners Sosa and Moss, and said that whenever possible FPL should be urged to run the lines underground Hearing no further questions or comments the Board proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as amended, to insert a new section on handwritten page 4 after the “NOW THEREFORE” clause to read as follows: “Section 2. This Board opposes any decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which would authorize the placement above ground of 230 kV and 500 kV transmission lines where that placement could subject municipalities to economic harm;” to renumber Section 2 to Section 3.and to insert, “Along U.S. 1” at the end of the paragraph under Section 3.”

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION OPPOSING ANY DECISION BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WHICH WOULD AUTHORIZE THE PLACEMENT OF ABOVE-GROUND 230KV AND 500KV TRANSMISSION LINES IN ANY RESIDENTIAL AREA WITHIN AN ALTERNATE TRANSMISSION LINE CORRIDOR IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND URGING FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT TO PLACE THE 230KV AND 500KV TRANSMISSION LINES UNDERGROUND IF THEY ARE PLACED IN ANY RESIDENTIAL AREAS AND PLACE TRANSMISSION LINE POLES IN THE LEAST INTRUSIVE LOCATIONS

BODY
WHEREAS, residents and visitors in Miami-Dade County value the County’s beauty and lush, tropical trees and may choose to come to the County for aesthetic reasons; and
WHEREAS, the warm weather in Miami-Dade County allows residents and visitors to enjoy parks, outdoor shopping, and other outdoor activities throughout the year; and
WHEREAS, in connection with the Turkey Point Units 6 and 7 project, Florida Power and Light has proposed eastern and western corridors for new 230kV and 500kV transmission lines, and these corridors would pass through some residential areas in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, various municipalities in Miami-Dade County have proposed alternate corridors for the 230kV and 500kV transmission lines, and these alternate corridors would also pass through residential areas; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) is currently reviewing those proposals and after a determination from an Administrative Law Judge and the Siting Board, final corridors will be certified; and

WHEREAS, the placement of transmission lines through residential areas may detract from the areas’ natural beauty and may affect individuals’ enjoyment of parks, outdoor shopping, walking and bicycling, and other outdoor activities; and
WHEREAS, placing the transmission lines underground would protect the beauty of residential areas while not interfering with residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment of outdoor activities, and would be consistent with County policies regarding the protection of residential neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, decisions on where to place transmission line poles within a corridor will impact the immediate areas surrounding those poles; and
WHEREAS, Florida Power and Light could minimize the negative impacts of transmission lines by placing its transmission line poles in the least intrusive locations,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board opposes any decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection which would authorize the placement of above-ground 230kV and 500kV transmission lines in residential areas within any alternate transmission line corridor in Miami-Dade County; and
Section 2. This Board opposes any decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection which would authorize the placement of above-ground 230kV and 500kV transmission lines where that placement could subject municipalities to economic harm; and


Section 3. If Florida Power and Light’s proposed 230kV or 500kV corridors are certified, this Board opposes the placement of the 230kV or 500kV transmission lines in any residential neighborhood and urges Florida Power and Light to place those transmission lines underground in residential neighborhoods, including along U.S. 1; and
Section 4. In the event that above-ground 230kV or 500kV transmission lines are placed in residential areas, this Board urges Florida Power and Light to place its transmission line poles in the least intrusive locations so such placements do not: a) interfere with parks or other green spaces; b) require trees to be removed; c) impact sidewalks or other walking or biking paths; or d) affect residential buildings, particularly condominiums or apartments which could be close to the transmission lines themselves.
Section 5. The Clerk of the Board is directed to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Power and Light.



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