Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The presence of a pipeline forms a relationship between pipeline operator, local government and property owner. How this relationship is managed can affect directly the safe operation of the pipeline and consequently the public health and safety of the surrounding community.
In 2004 and 2005, a group of city, county, state and industry representatives conducted a series of workshops throughout the state for local government officials, talking in particular with planning, permitting and public works sections. The purpose of these workshops was to exchange ideas and explore the range of tools available to manage and make effective decisions concerning land use in proximity to transmission pipelines.
This report is the product of that research.
Report - Land Use in Proximity to Transmission Pipelines
Appendix A - Pipeline Operator Information
Appendix B - Rights-of-Way & Easements and acceptable uses of them
Appendix C - Recommendations on fostering Communications/model ordinances
Appendix D - Organizations involved in Pipeline Safety
Appendix E - Glossary
For more information on land use planning and development near pipelines, see:
Hazard Mitigation Planning: Practices for Land Use Planning and Development near Pipelines, and Partnering to Further Enhance Pipeline Safety In Communities Through Risk-Informed Land Use Planning, both reports prepared by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA)
Building Safe Communities: Pipeline Risk and its Application to Local Government Decisions, published by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Special Report 281: Transmission Pipelines and Land Use by the Transportation Research Board
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Pipeline Safety Program
Association of Washington Cities
Washington State Association of Counties
Pipeline Safety Trust
Municipal Research and Services Center