Substation, zoning on agenda

Published 2:13 pm Thursday, November 8, 2018

Members of the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors are set to consider a revised conditional use permit (CUP) for a substation and to deliberate on code amendments for CUP uses at residential zonings during a meeting set Tuesday.

The public hearings for the substation and code amendments are set to take place at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

The revised proposal for the substation, which would be used to power the Cobbs Creek Reservoir, was approved by members of the Cumberland County Planning Commission during their October meeting.

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The revision moves the location of the proposed substation by 200 feet. The substation is proposed to be located in the area of 1617 Cartersville Road.

“Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) has applied to build a 115-(Kilovolts) KV transmission tap line that would be around 2,100 feet long, and lie within a 100 foot easement provided by Henrico County,” the board packet from a past commission meeting cited. “They are also proposing to construct an electric substation on a 110’ by 150’ (foot) site owned by Henrico County. The substation would serve the Cobbs Creek Reservoir pump station as well as 475 customers of CVEC.”

The initial application was recommended by the commission in July and approved by the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors during the board’s August meeting.

Members of the board will also deliberate the possibility of amending the zoning ordinances for Residential-2 and Residential-3 zoning districts to allow for electrical substations and wireless telecommunications facility uses.

Electrical substations, distribution centers, and transformer stations, according to the planning commission board packet, “mean premises which may or may not contain buildings, where the interconnection and usual transformation of electrical service takes place between systems. An electrical substation shall be secondary, supplementary, subordinate, and auxiliary to the main system.”

Wireless telecommunications facilities, according to the board packet, are defined as meaning “all infrastructure and equipment including but not limited to antenna support structures, antennas, transmission cables, equipment shelters, equipment cabinets, utility pedestals, ground systems, fencing, signage and other ancillary equipment associated with the transmission or reception of wireless communications.”