UI, Fairfield property owners take monopole plan to CT Siting Council

Property owners would lose the right to develop parts of their own land if a United Illuminating project moves forward in Fairfield. UI has so far resisted demands from local elected officials, neighbors and business to alter its plan to minimize the potential impacts of a proposed project that would hang transmission lines from monopoles standing as tall as 145 feet high by 2029 along the Metro-North railroad corridor. The company plans to secure rights to 19.25 acres of private property along the corridor through permanent easements, where UI would launch construction zones, build the monopoles and restrict structural modifications by the owner, according to a copy of a UI easement contract. The state body has scheduled another hearing for Nov. 28, and is due to deliver a final decision by March 17.


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