Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter
Frisco is expecting a big crowd at City Hall as the council votes on a resolution involving a controversial high-voltage utility plan. The Brazos Electric Power Cooperative plan brings in transmission lines and a substation along Stonebrook Parkway or Main Street.
Neighbors and city officials in Frisco are speaking out about two proposed paths for a high voltage transmission line and substation on the city's west side.
On Tuesday night, Frisco City Council passed a resolution against a proposed high voltage transmission line.
In August, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative hosted a meeting, informing the public and city of its intention to expand the network, complete with a substation, into the city’s Denton County portion.
Brazos said the move is necessary to keep up with growth and power demands in the region.
Two routes were proposed stretching from Legacy Drive West, along either Stonebrook Parkway or Main Street – each four miles long.
The city says both stretches are home to some of the area’s biggest developments, something that has had neighbors rallying in opposition.
"We have seen a cross-section of HOAs and residents that are concerned about this," said Frisco Mayor Maher Maso. “We think both routes are unacceptable.”
Maso said that the proposed courses are unfair to residents who bought their homes without knowledge that the utility line issue could be raised in the future.
"We also feel that taking it through the dense residential areas, that’s not the answer," Maso said.
Pearson Farms resident Katy Alford says in her neighborhood, concerns range from aesthetics to health risks, even property values.
"Why would you put power lines up when you’re building a high school across the street and it’s already a developed area?" Alford said. "It just doesn’t seem like this route makes any sense."
The city is proposing a shorter southern route, through undeveloped land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
However, employees with the corps have expressed concerns about the feasibility of this plan.
Maso says the city is also looking at the possibility of burying the utilities, but says that is considerably more expensive.
Any project would have to be approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Frisco emphasizes that this is largely a state and federal issue.