Project Updates

Status of Undergrounding Districts

District Status
Tewa Court/10th St Construction completed January 2023
1A-Stratford Court South Design in process
X1A-Crest Canyon Design in process
1B-Stratford Court North Preliminary Design in process
2-Beach Colony Pre-Formation in process
3 Unplanned
4 Unplanned
5 Unplanned

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January 2024

On January 17, the project team hosted a meeting for residents living within Stratford Court North (District 1B).

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December 2023

On December 4, the City Council received a detailed project pre-bid update related to Stratford Court South (District 1A). The City Council approved the design review permit and land conservation permit for the project. The project will proceed with the public bidding process and then construction in 2024.

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On December 18, the City Council approved a task order for Utility Specialists Southwest, Inc. to perform utility underground district (UUD) pre-formation services for UUD 2 (Beach Colony). The services are scheduled to proceed in January 2024 and the City Council hearing for formal UUD 2 formation is expected to take place in June 2024.

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November 2023

During its November meeting, UPAC received utility undergrounding district (UUD) project updates and approved the subcommittee’s recommendation for the city construction timing (Sequential, Concurrent, or Go-When-Ready) for UUD 1A and UUD X1A based on the latest schedule status.

October 2023

On October 16, the City Council received detailed Utility Undergrounding Program updates related to Stratford Court South (District 1A) and Crest Canyon (District X1A), and Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UPAC) activities.

The City Council approved plans to form a utility undergrounding district along north Stratford Court. The action initiates up to two years’ worth of design work. Utility Undergrounding District 1B (Stratford Court North) envisions removing 5,131 lineal feet of overhead cables serving 239 residences and businesses on Stratford Court between 11th Street to just north of 15th Street (L’Auberge Del Mar). 

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September 2023

During its September meeting, UPAC received utility undergrounding district (UUD) project updates, presentation of draft communications & public outreach plan, and a UPAC finance subcommittee update. As a future agenda item, the UPAC will meet to assess the city construction timing (UUDs 1A&X1A) subcommittee’s recommendation (Sequential, Concurrent, or Go-When-Ready) for UUD 1A and UUD X1A based on the latest schedule status.

May 2023

On May 15, the City Council received detailed Utility Undergrounding Program updates related to Stratford Court South (District 1A) and Crest Canyon (District X1A), and Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UPAC) activities.

The City Council also authorized staff to begin activities needed to form a utility undergrounding district west of Camino del Mar between L'Auberge Del Mar and 11th Street (District 1B).

District 1B (Stratford Court North) includes an estimated 40 utility poles and 4,297 feet of overhead lines serving 175 parcels.

The City’s undergrounding consultant, Utility Specialists Southwest, Inc., will meet and coordinate with the City and utilities, communicate with property owners, finalize the district, and prepare information for a City Council resolution to form the district, which is currently planned for October 2023. 

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April 2023

During its April meeting, UPAC received project updates on Districts 1A and X1A and a UPAC subcommittee’s analysis and recommended key criteria for deciding whether to build the two districts concurrently or sequentially. In other business, a Financing Subcommittee was formed to complete a long-term cash-flow analysis to ensure financial resources are available throughout the life of the Undergrounding Program.

February 2023

In February 2023, the UPAC committee was reconvened after a long period of being on hold during the pandemic.  At the meeting, staff presented the committee with a detailed update on the Undergrounding Program. UPAC formed a subcommittee to evaluate whether to construct the Stratford Court South (District 1A) and Crest Canyon (District X1A) undergrounding projects concurrently or sequentially.  Sequentially would mean 1A could start ahead of X1A; concurrently would have the City hold off on bidding 1A until X1A is ready to go out to bid, so the projects could be bid together.  Construction is scheduled to start February 2024 and/or April 2024, depending on whether the projects are done sequentially or concurrently.

On February 8, the City celebrated completion of the Tewa Court/10th Street District by holding a Pole Removal Ceremony in conjunction with SDG&E, AT&T, and Charter Communications, along with Undergrounding District residents. 

On February 6, the City Council approved expanding the membership of the Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee from five voting members to seven voting members and amending the concurrent membership requirements, in preparation for a restart of the committee.  

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January 2023

The City Council approves amending and restating the charter of the City of Del Mar Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UPAC), and directs staff to take related administrative actions including scheduling 2023 UPAC meetings; recruiting to fill committee vacancies; and extending existing committee members’ terms.

September 2021

The project team hosts virtual meetings for residents living within Stratford Court South (Area 1A) and Crest Canyon (X1A).

Crest Canyon Meeting, Sept. 15, 2021
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Stratford Court South Meeting, Sept. 13, 2021
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July 2021

The City Council approves plans to form utility undergrounding districts along south Stratford Court and Crest Canyon. The action initiates up to two years’ worth of design work.

Utility Undergrounding District 1A (Stratford Court South) envisions removing 7,650 lineal feet of overhead  cables serving 214 homes and buildings on Stratford Court between 4th and 12th streets.  

Utility Undergrounding District X1A (Crest Canyon) calls for removing 11,200 lineal feet of overhead cables serving 114 structures in residential areas along portions of Crest Road and San Dieguito Drive.

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May 2021

The City Council reinitiates the Utility Undergrounding Project by taking action to form the Tewa Court/10th Street Utility Undergrounding District. Construction in that district is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2022. 

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Updated July 5, 2023