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Utah Bulk Transmission Aesthetic & Recreational Resource Assessment(17-UT)

Developers should be aware that the potential effects of transmission projects on visual resources has been a challenge in siting transmission facilities. Transmission line projects may cause visual contrast within the landscapes they cross due to their length, size and the regular geometric forms of the transmission towers. These projects may affect sensitive viewers (i.e., residents, recreationist, etc.) located along the right-of-way.

Analysis of impacts to visual resources as a result of a transmission line project may be required as part of a federal, state or local permitting process. For example, at the federal level, a project required to go through the NEPA process must evaluate impacts to visual resources. In addition, some public agencies have requirements or provide guidelines for evaluating and assessing impacts to visual resources for projects that cross their jurisdiction. For example, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have developed methodologies for inventorying visual resources and assessing visual impacts on lands under their respective jurisdictions.

In Utah, projects subject to the High Voltage Power Line Act (new transmission lines that are 230kV or greater or existing transmission lines whose voltage is increased to 230kV or more), must file a Notice of Intent (NOI) notifying the local land use authority of its intent to file a land use application. The NOI requires a description of environmentally sensitive areas, which may include visual resources. Developers should review local government resource management plans, comprehensive plans, regulations, etc. to identify any visual resources within the local governments jurisdiction that should be considered and included in the NOI and/or are included in permit requirements.

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