How would you feel if one day, you found out that Dominion Power has a proposal on the table for a high voltage power line that will cut through your community? I can guarantee you along with other home owners ain't gonna be happy campers! That's exactly what happens.
Dominion Power proposes to build a 40-mile, 500,000 volt transmission that will cut through portions of Frederick county in Maryland, Warren, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties in Virginia. According to PEC, the proposed tower would stand up to 177 feet tall and require a 150-200 foot wide right-of-way. That means the power line would cut through neighborhoods, historic sites, historic easements, public space, private lands etc. Among others, it will cut through the well heeled community of Dominion Valley, in Haymarket. There are 21 active listings for the community from the upper-$500's to over $1.1 million.
This is what the ugly power line could do to the properties in the community (if the plan goes through): Drive the market values down...down and down! Buyers would be hesitant to pay for the premium of living in a gated golf community.
In addition to this community, it will also cut through some of the historic sites. Via Washington Post.
In or near the proposed routes are Thoroughfare Gap, a main passageway during the Civil War and the site of a battle that killed 100 soldiers; two of former chief justice John Marshall's homes; and the quaint villages of Markham and Ashville. They also run through acres of private property, which Dominion might take through eminent domain.
The last line really bothers me. A private company could use eminent domain to take over part of a private property?
Do you think -- demand will drop after their power line meets its full capacity sometime in 2011. Not very likely. I am curious to know their plans for the next 20 years after 2011. Because they could keep doing the same thing over and over for years to come.
It seems that building power line is a "band aid" solution. A temporary solution. It's good only for a few years. How about energy alternatives. Going green, anyone? Education should be the key here.
At the end of the day, it's all about making choices of where you want to live. Rural. Urban. Cities. Downtown. Big homes. Small Homes. You get the idea. Even if you do your research, something like this is probably buried under thousands of pages of request of proposals. It's unavoidable. Buyer beware: Asking the right questions to the developer before buying, might give you a hint.
This is going to be an ugly battle. The deep pocket, Dominion vs. ordinary citizens.