Tillamook to Oceanside Transmission Line Project
Tillamook PUD is committed to providing reliable, safe and cost-effective energy to our customers and to strengthening the overall reliability, security and operating flexibility of our electric power system.
To accomplish these important objectives, Tillamook PUD identified the need for and proposed a new overhead 115 kV transmission line to connect the existing BPA substation in Tillamook to a new substation to be built near Oceanside.
When complete, the project will maximize reliability to homes and businesses located in the central Tillamook valley, create a more reliable electricity source to the communities of Netarts and Oceanside, and allow us to replace aging infrastructure without multiple extensive outages.
- Purpose and Need
- Transmission and Distribution
- Underground and Overhead Transmission Lines
- Easements and ROWs
- Wave Energy
- EMF 2
- Pole structures types
An initial corridor was proposed in 2007 and numerous routes and route segments within that corridor were evaluated. Meetings with both individuals and the public were held during 2011, 2012 and early 2013. Line adjustments were made to accommodate stakeholder requests and the Front Street Route was identified as a preferred route. Tillamook PUD proposed the Front Street segment that would run 1.1 miles through the City of Tillamook; however, the project as proposed was stalled in 2014 due to land-use zoning issues. Click here for a condensed timeline of the events surrounding the conditional use permit application.
In July 2014, the PUD Board of Directors and the Tillamook City Council held a joint workshop to share information about the transmission line project and the City’s vision for downtown revitalization. Landowners and other stakeholders provided comments. Joint Workshop Meeting Summary
Tillamook to Oceanside Transmission Line Siting – Citizen Advisory Group
A Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) was formed in early 2015 to participate in the Tillamook to Oceanside Transmission Line (TOTL) Siting process. This stakeholder group represented a cross section of community interests including local government, landowner, agriculture, business, non-governmental organizations and citizens-at-large. Proposed Process Design Document
A series of CAG meetings and two project open houses were held during the first half of 2015. All CAG meetings were open to the public and facilitated by Deb Nudelman, Kearns & West.
Citizen Advisory Group
- Meeting Agendas
- Proposed Meeting Dates
- Meeting Summaries
- Meeting Materials
- Open House
- Special Board Meeting – Aug 12, 2015
Tillamook PUD staff and contractors are currently studying potential preferred route segments supported by the CAG to better understand conditions along these segments to help in project siting, design and engineering. We will continue to collaborate with landowners, regulatory and permitting agencies, and the public to address concerns and resolve zoning issues.
- Tillamook to Oceanside 115kV Final Report Feb. 15, 2016
- OWEB Letter Oct. 2015 – Southern Flow Corridor
- OWEB Letter August 2016 – Southern Flow Corridor
In siting the line, our goals remain to minimize impacts to affected landowners and other stakeholders and manage associated costs to keep electricity prices affordable for all customers.
Open House – May 25, 2016
Public Workshops – October 2016
- Proposed East Routes
- Proposed West/Central Routes
- October 13, 2016 Workshop Presentation
- October 13, 2016 Board Workshop Minutes
- Staff Recommendation to Board – November 2016
- Summary of TOTL Route Decision Final Report
- December 13, 2016 Board Approved Tillamook to Oceanside Proposed Transmission Line Route
Project Update – May 2017
The District is working on the County permit process and will submit permit applications in July 2017. The cultural and biological studies associated with the permitting process have been conducted, but will likely require some follow-up later in the year.
Project Update – November 2017
The District has submitted the permit application to the County and the Joint Permit Application to the Corp of Engineers and the Department of State Lands. These permit applications are under review.
Access to the permit document can be obtain by completing the form below and selecting ‘Download’ and following the link that will be sent to your email address.
*last updated 11/15/2017
The District has filed a petition for the Convenience and Necessity with the Oregon Public Utility Commission. This process will establish the purpose and need for the project. A public Hearing is scheduled for November 14, 2017 at 6pm at the Tillamook Bay Community College.
Tillamook County Planning Commission Hearing – February 8, 2018
Project Update – April & May 2018
The Tillamook County Planning Commission met on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Tillamook County Courthouse for the final review and decision regarding the three pending Tillamook to Oceanside Transmission Line permits, including: the Consolidated Review of a Conditional Use permit number 851-17-000448-PLNG-01, the Floodway/Estuary/Floodplain Development permit number 851-17-000448-PLNG and the Administrative Review permit number 851-17-000448-PLNG-02.
Upon review, the five Planning Commissioners voted and approved the three permits. The Planning Commission’s Notice of Decision can be viewed below.
Project Update – June 2018
The Tillamook County Planning Commission’s decision to approve the Consolidated Review of a Conditional Use permit, the Floodway/Estuary/Floodplain Development permit, and the Administrative Review permit, has been appealed to the Tillamook County Commissioners office. The Commissioners will review and discuss these permits on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Tillamook County Courthouse.
For more information, click here to view the Tillamook County Notice of Public Hearing.
Project Update – July 2018
The Tillamook County Board of Commissioners convened for the Public Hearing scheduled on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, to review the three Tillamook to Oceanside transmission line permits that were approved by the Planning Commissioners and then later appealed to the Tillamook County Commissioners office. These permits included the Consolidated Review of a Conditional Use permit, the Floodway/Estuary/Floodplain Development permit, and the Administrative Review permit. At the hearing, Tillamook County Planning Staff provided their report, and then testimony was given by the appellant, the applicant (Tillamook PUD) and members of the public. The Commissioners decided to hold the record open for a period of seven days, until Wednesday, July 18, 2018, for written testimony to be submitted by the appellant and the applicant only. The Public Hearing will continue on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Tillamook County Courthouse. At this hearing, Tillamook County Planning Staff will give their final report and the Board of Commissioners will deliberate. A third hearing will be held at the Tillamook County Courthouse on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., for the Board of Commissioners to finish deliberations and come to a final decision.
Project Update – August 2018
At the July 31, 2018, public hearing held at the Tillamook County Courthouse, the Tillamook County Commissioners voted to deny the appeals submitted for the Consolidated Review of a Conditional Use permit, the Floodway/Estuary/Floodplain Development permit, and the Administrative Review permit. The Public Utility Commission (PUC) will soon make a determination regarding the necessity of the project.
The Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Order from the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners Appeal ruling can be viewed below as well as the Tillamook County Planning Commission Notice of Decision for Appeal Requests.
Project Update – November 2018
A public hearing was held on November 1 with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to review the Tillamook to Oceanside transmission line project. The PUC is an independent entity that will analyze all project information submitted, including issues brought forth by the public, to make a determination on whether or not the project is needed and of public benefit.
At the hearing, Tillamook PUD staff provided testimony and answered questions regarding the project information submitted to the PUC. Moving forward, the PUC will analyze all of the information they have received and ask any additional follow-up questions they may have. Tillamook PUD will submit a briefing to the PUC and petitioners will also have the opportunity to submit a briefing as well. The PUC is currently determining due dates for the briefs.