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Virginia Supreme Court: Dominion can't bypass James City zoning for new power line project

Virginia Supreme Court: Dominion can't bypass James City zoning for new power line project

JAMES CITY — The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the State Corporation Commission was wrong in exempting the state's largest electricity provider from needing local approval for a crucial part of its proposed James River power line.

The high court said a planned switching station in James City County — a station Dominion Virginia Power asserts is fundamental to the project — must win county zoning approval, and that the SCC erred in its 2013 finding that such authorization wasn't necessary.

The high court unanimously upheld the SCC's certificate of approval for the project, siding with the SCC's finding that Dominion had "reasonably...

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