Utility Undergrounding Program
The City Council has identified community-wide undergrounding of utility poles as a priority project.
There has been interest in undergrounding of utility poles for many years. In November 2016, Del Mar voters approved an additional one-cent general sales tax, referred to as Measure Q. It has been widely discussed that one of the projects that should be funded using revenue from the additional sales tax revenue is community-wide undergrounding of utility poles. Collection of this additional sales tax began in April 2017 and is estimated to generate approximately $1.8 million annually.
In December 2017, the City Council formed the Utility Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UUAC) to ensure the utility undergrounding project moves forward in a timely manner and that the goals of the project are achieved. The Committee is one component of the Utility Undergrounding Project Team (Team) that includes City staff, neighborhood representatives, City Council liaisons, utility companies, and utility consultants. Here is a link to the staff report the staff report establishing the UUAC, which includes the committee charter.
In March 2018, eight members were appointed to serve on the Committee. Here is a link to the web page for the Committee, which includes committee member names, links to meeting agendas, and the option to subscribe to automatically receive a notification of the posted meeting agenda via email.
The UUAC will be providing recommendations to the City Council on how to approach this project. It is anticipated that the City will hire a consultant to help address questions related to phasing, prioritizing, and other associated policy questions pertaining to how to advance this project.
A study was completed by Utility Specialists Southwest, Inc in 2016 identifying the estimated cost to underground all remaining utility poles within the City of Del Mar. Here is a link to the report.