Wyoming Bulk Transmission Land Use Planning(1-WY)
In Wyoming, land use planning decisions are delegated to cities and counties. The State Land Use Planning Act (WS 9-8-101 through 9-8-302) mandates the preparation and adoption of local land use plans. Wyoming State Statutes 18-5-101 through 18-5-315 (annotated 1997 edition) give counties the authority to conduct land use planning programs and to establish planning commissions, prepare land use plans, and adopt zoning ordinances. Wyoming State Statutes 15-1-501 through 15-1-611 provide towns and cities the authority to conduct land use planning programs and to establish planning commissions, prepare land use plans, and adopt zoning ordinances.
The local regulatory authorities include counties and incorporated city governments within the state of Wyoming. Transmission line projects that incur a construction cost of $190.8 million or more and are 160kV or more are under the permitting jurisdiction of the state; however, local government permitting requirements may apply. If the PSC or the WDEQ/ISC has jurisdiction over a transmission project within the state, either has the authority to preempt local decisions regarding transmission siting and construction. Wyoming has 23 counties and 99 incorporated municipalities and the requirements and permits needed for construction of an electric transmission line vary by county and municipality. Some or all of the following elements may be necessary:
- Above and below ground utility permit
- Road access permit
- Road maintenance agreement
- County building permit
- ROW permits
- Grading permits
- Consultation with local weed and pest districts
- Conditional Use Permit/Special Use Permit
- W.S. § 37-2-112
Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply
Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.
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