Community Advisory Group
For Dominion’s Hollymead Transmission Line
July 22, 2010
The Community Advisory Group (CAG) met for the first time at Baker-Butler Elementary
School on July 22, 2010 with the following purpose:
The work of the Community Advisory Group will be to identify community concerns and
interests, develop information needs, review relevant information, develop criteria for preferred
solutions, and make recommendations to Dominion based upon that criteria.
This first of five planned meetings focused on background information concerning the need to
bring an additional source of power to the Hollymead area; the scope of the Community
Advisory Group including its purpose, protocols and ground rules; and required elements for a
State Corporation Commission (SCC) application.
Key Questions and Interests
Below is a summary of the key questions, comments and suggestions from the CAG meeting.
1) Is Dominion really willing to consider community concerns and interests?
One participant acknowledged recent years of fighting against new transmission on
principal, but stated that this process is a new and promising step for Dominion and
encouraged the other members to engage and "give the process a chance."
Dominion emphasized its commitment to engaging the community in its decision-
making. While community input has always been a part of the process, this is new and
different; they are seeking stakeholder interest early in the process – even before their
engineering team comes up with viable solutions. Discussion emphasized that the CAG
represents diverse interests including individual landowners, special interest groups,
environmental organizations, government representatives and interested business leaders.
It is Dominion’s hope and the project intent that the group will provide the company with
thoughtful recommendations for consideration before a resolution is proposed to the SCC
not just from their standpoint, but primarily for the greater community good.
2) Dominion was asked to provide the metrics and explanation of need used by
Dominion’s planners. Some CAG members expressed the need to be satisfied that
Dominion has fully explored and evaluated alternatives, before arriving at the
conclusion that a new transmission line is the only way to resolve the need.
Dominion representatives agreed to address this request at the next meeting with subject
matter experts and to talk with interested CAG members in the interim. Facilitator Frank
Dukes noted the importance of balancing sufficient time to address the question of need,
while also ensuring that community members, including landowners whose property is
directly impacted by the line, can offer their input about potential options and changes.
3) CAG members also requested information concerning where the need is coming
from and the areas that this Hollymead line serves. They specifically requested to
see the various service districts surrounding the area served by the transmission line
in question and to show their sources of power, as well as a breakdown of the
proportion of residential customers vs. commercial, industrial, and government
customers, and which sectors are growing with what projections.
Dominion agreed to bring a different visual display/map to the next meeting to show this
4) Who are the large users of electricity in the area and would conservation or energy
efficiency efforts resolve the need for new infrastructure?
Dominion reviewed examples of how it is supporting conservation projects in the area,
such as the solar panels installed on the roof of the SPCA. They also provide customers
with tools to better understand their own consumption – smart meters and home energy
reports that show how efficient your home is compared to similar homes. They agreed to
provide more specific information by the next meeting.
5) Can a new line be located in the existing right-of-way along Rt. 29?
Dominion stated that they will not rule out any suggestion without examination.
Three questions with this option follow:
Is there enough width currently with the existing, smaller distribution line right-of-
way along the west side of Rt. 29 to accommodate another line?
Dominion confirmed that a transmission line easement would have to be wider than the
existing distribution right-of-way to meet federal guidelines. Crossing over Route 29
from one side to the other could be an option, but any option along Rt. 29 would involve
some new right-of-way.
Is there any option of serving this area from the north?
There was incomplete discussion concerning using the Route 29 corridor, as only serving
the area from the south was addressed.
Can it avoid more populated areas? The existing line goes through a sparsely
Dominion was urged by one member to make every effort to avoid more populated areas.
Discussion of the SCC Process
Dominion reviewed the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) process and
described how the SCC conducts a thorough review of need for any proposed project. If
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the need is validated, the SCC then takes into consideration environmental and
cultural/historical impacts, cost and community support for the proposed route. Choices
for which CAG advice will be sought include location, right-of-way width, structure
height/width/spacing/color & material (handouts and chart provided).
A number of questions about infrastructure appearance came up, including size, height,
color, etc. and Dominion provided color photos of existing infrastructure in the area.
Dominion agreed to provide additional information at the next meeting and offered the
website as a good resource to show infrastructure examples and specification
Community Advisory Group Protocols and Ground Rules
A draft set of CAG protocols and ground rules intended to ensure a viable, creative and informed
problem-solving process was reviewed and endorsed by CAG members.
CAG members agreed that meeting summaries could be posted to the project web site.
Frank Dukes asked if any major categories of interests were not represented on the CAG. It was
suggested that the CAG should include a representative from Albemarle County Schools and
from some of the large users. Frank Dukes noted that if Route 29 was an option for the line, there
should be additional representation from that area. Dominion agreed to invite further
representation as suggested.
In order to maximize the CAG’s time together, non-residents agreed to make an effort to tour the
line on their own. One member suggested using Google Earth/satellite views to get a better
understanding. Dominion also agreed to post photos with location information as a "virtual tour"
Upcoming three meetings: Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Oct. 26 (tentatively scheduled as a community
open house followed immediately by a CAG meeting to review public comments). The Forest
Lakes building that used to be the old visitor center was suggested as a good place for future
meetings. Sutherland Middle School (near Hollymead) was suggested as an open house location.
Update: Following the meeting, the Forest Lakes Poolhouse, 1824 Pavilion Circle, has been
confirmed for the next meeting, which will start at 6:30 p.m.
CAG Members in attendance:
Wayne Bader, Hollymead resident and former Hollymead Citizens Association Board
John Cruickshank, Sierra Club
Sue Friedman, Forest Lakes Community Association (FLCA) Board of Directors
Bob Gibson, Sorensen Institute, University of Virginia
David Hamar, property owner
Robert Hodous, Chamber of Commerce
Ron Kerber, property owner
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Richard Lutz, Forest Lakes resident and former FLCA Board of Directors
Robert Marmet, Piedmont Environmental Council
Paul Peery, property owner
CAG Members who were absent:
Leighton Powell, Scenic Virginia
Joe Pratt, property owner
Corky Shackleford, farmer and property owner
Cheryl Gomez, UVA Research Park [invited following the meeting]
CAG Dominion Advisors
Les O’Donnell, Carla Picard, Dominion
Frank Dukes, Karen Terwilliger, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia
The audience included:
Margaret Anderson, property owner
Scott Bolin, property owner
Eryn Brennan, Albemarle County Planner
Rafaelle & Clara Coscia, property owners
Ann Mallek, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
Le-Ha Anderson, Courtney Fisher, Scott Reed, Dominion
Meeting notes and additional project information can be found on Dominion’s web site.
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