On November 7, 2013, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) unanimously approved Grain Belt Express Clean Line’s siting permit to construct the 370-mile Kansas portion of the project. Land agents are continuing to work with Kansas landowners along the route. Clean Line is one of the first utilities to offer an annual payment option to landowners for transmission line structures, allowing landowners to choose between an up-front payment and an annual payment that continues for the life of the project and increases by 2% each year.
The purpose of this section is to provide relevant information to landowners and community members in Kansas.
Map of Route
Overview and aerial maps depicting the Route in Kansas
Agricultural Impact Mitigation Policy
Clean Line is committed to mitigating impacts to agricultural lands, and has developed an Agricultural Impact Mitigation Policy to address stakeholder concerns regarding the potential impact to agricultural lands during construction and operation of the project.
Landowner Compensation Fact Sheet
Clean Line is committed to compensating landowners fairly. This fact sheet provides an overview of the compensation Clean Line is offering landowners.
Materials from Kansas Public Open House Meetings
Information presented at 14 Public Open Houses in Kansas in January and February 2013
Clean Line has developed the transmission line route in a way that attempts to minimize impacts to land use and natural and cultural resources. We have sought public input throughout the process from agencies and organizations, community leaders, and landowners to guide us in the routing process. More than 2,200 Kansans attended 14 Public Open Houses to provide their feedback on potential routes in January and February 2013. To learn more about the routing process, please click here.
Clean Line is committed to compensating land owners fairly. Compensation will include a one-time easement payment based on the market value of the land and the acreage within the easement, as well as a one-time or annual payment for each structure on the landowner’s property. For more details, see our compensation fact sheet for landowners in Kansas.
Market value of the easement property will be determined by applying the specific characteristics of a given parcel to a market study. Clean Line has engaged a certified independent appraisal firm to conduct and maintain current market studies throughout the project area.
Clean Line representatives will reach out to each landowner with the proposed route on their property to schedule a meeting to discuss the easements needed to construct, operate, and maintain the transmission line, as well as compensation. Ample time will be provided for discussion and follow-up meetings. Clean Line requires that its representatives follow a Code of Conduct, which provides that every landowner is treated with consideration and respect.