Prior Actions

January 2020 

Together with the Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee, the City selected a specialty consultant team to help implement the Undergrounding Project. Utility Specialists and KCM Group will play an important role in the design process and will be working closely with SDG&E, the telecommunications companies, and property owners.   

Working with SDG&E and other telecommunication companies, the project team has been conducting field investigations to finalize the boundaries of the first two districts  in advance of City Council consideration. The field investigations have resulted in some refinements to the boundaries based on technical feedback from SDG&E and the telecommunications companies. A detailed map of each area will be produced that identifies all parcels that are included in each area.  

August 2019

The City Council reaffirms its commitment to citywide undergrounding and authorizes design work to begin for two project areas. 

April 2019

The City Council reviews the Undergrounding Project Delivery Plan (PDF) and discusses obtaining more cost information before authorizing a pilot project. Watch the April 15, 2019, City Council discussion.

January 2019

The City’s consultant, Lee & Ro, Inc., completes its first task order -- to prepare a preliminary project delivery plan. This first assignment included inventorying, assessing, and mapping existing overhead facilities; evaluating the construction readiness of several undergrounding projects (previously initiated by private neighborhoods); and preparing preliminary cost estimates (for planning and budgeting purposes).  After several weeks of data gathering and analysis, the consultant delivered the first draft of the Project Delivery Plan (PDF) for the City’s review.

October 2018

The City Council approves an agreement to Lee & Ro, Inc., to provide professional services including planning, design, engineering, and communication for the undergrounding effort.  The City Council also adopted several policy recommendations made by the Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UPAC). Click on the links under Reference Information below for the staff reports.

March 2018

Nine members are appointed to serve on the UPAC. 

August 2018

The UPAC will be providing recommendations to the City Council on how to approach this project. It is anticipated that the City will hire a consultant in November 2018 to help address questions related to phasing, prioritizing, and other associated policy questions pertaining to how to advance this project.

This is a complex and lengthy project. However, the Team is now working towards starting the project.  The UPAC has selected three sub-committees to break the project into smaller components and begin working on the issues.

December 2017

The City Council forms the UPAC to ensure the project moves forward in a timely manner and that its goals are achieved. The Committee is part of a Utility Undergrounding Project Team that includes City staff, neighborhood representatives, City Council liaisons, utility companies and utility consultants. See the staff report and committee charter establishing the UPAC (PDF).

April 2017

Measure Q sales tax collections begin. Receipts are estimated to generate approximately $2 million annually.

November 2016

Del Mar voters approve Measure Q, which adds one cent to general sales tax. Ballot language identifies citywide undergrounding as one of the uses for Measure Q revenue.

June 2016

A study by Utility Specialists Southwest, Inc. (PDF) provides cost estimates to underground all remaining utility poles within the City of Del Mar.