Undergrounding Project Information

Undergrounding before and after

The City of Del Mar is moving forward with the citywide Undergrounding Project (UP), which will remove unsightly utility poles and replace overhead cables for electricity and telecommunications with underground lines. This project was identified as a priority by Del Mar voters with the approval of Measure Q in 2016. This one-cent sales tax measure is generating the funds being used on the project. The City is committed to advance the Undergrounding Project as quickly as possible.

The Del Mar Undergrounding Project will result in several benefits for the Del Mar community.

  • Removing the visual clutter of utility poles and overhead lines will significantly improve the unique beauty of the Del Mar community.
  • Burying lines eliminates fire hazards, accidents, and safety risks from power outages due to downed lines.
  • Utility cables located underground are more reliable and less prone to outages. Overhead lines can be damaged by high winds, falling tree limbs, and other accidents that can cause utility disruptions. by destroying overhead lines. Burying lines eliminates weather-related power outages and provides more reliable service to subscribers.

Project Implementation

The UP is planned to be implemented in phases over several years. The undergrounding project has been divided into several districts, and the project is planned to move forward in a phased approach in a phased approach. The City Council has prioritized and authorized the first two districts to proceed through the Project Design process. This action will provide important information about citywide project costs and timelines that will inform planning for future districts.

The first two districts – District 1A (Stratford Ct South) and District X1A (Crest Canyon) – are scheduled to be voted on by the City Council in late March 2020. Once the districts are formed, a detailed design process will begin for undergrounding utilities in these two districts.

The City’s Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UPAC) was formed to oversee the implementation of this project. Visit the UPAC webpage for a committee roster, links to meeting agendas and to subscribe for email notifications

Public Outreach

The City of Del Mar is committed to keeping residents well-informed at every stage of the process. This website will be regularly updated to keep residents informed on the latest project information. 

You can read project updates, view district maps to determine what district your property is located, sign up to receive email updates, learn about the undergrounding process, and more. 

The City’s undergrounding project team will work closely with all affected residents throughout the undergrounding process to ensure that they have all necessary information. If you have additional questions, you can contact us at UP@delmar.ca.us.

Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee

The nine-member Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UPAC) meets at 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar. Visit the UPAC webpage for a committee roster, links to meeting agendas and to subscribe for email notifications. The UPAC includes three subcommittees: Scheduling, Financing and Communications.

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Updated February 20, 2020