- Facility siting and routing
- Expert testimony
- Public involvement plan and strategy
- Public open house planning and facilitation
- Agency and jurisdiction briefings
- Graphic design and multi-media DVD
- Visual simulations
- Web-enabled comment tracking database
URS provided environmental studies and a public involvement program in support of Arizona Public Service (APS) efforts to identify alternative transmission line routes for a proposed 40-mile transmission line in the Phoenix metropolitan area. URS conducted all environmental studies necessary to support the selection of a preferred route based on environmental factors and public input. More than 330 miles of preliminary routes were identified, assessed, and ranked to determine impacts for consideration in selecting a preferred route. URS assisted APS with preparation of the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility application and provided expert testimony before the Arizona State Siting Committee.
As part of the project, URS conducted an extensive public involvement program to notify the public and local and federal officials and receive comments that were incorporated into the planning process. The 390-square-mile study area includes four different municipalities and lands managed by Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Defense, Arizona State Land Department, and Maricopa County. The development of key messages and a communications strategy was critical for this sensitive project. URS developed a multi-media project video presentation (on DVD) for distribution to interested stakeholders and use at jurisdictional briefings and public open houses. URS maintained a web-based project comment-tracking database which enabled tracking of comments and issues.