Each undergrounding district varies in cost depending on a number of factors including, but not limited to, size of district, terrain, distance and depth of trench and overall cost of construction. Undergrounding of the private service laterals will also vary in cost depending on similar factors. Finally, the District Engineer will establish the estimate for the entire project and then, at the District Engineer’s sole discretion, determine the benefit spread for each parcel.
On average, a per-parcel assessment can vary between $15,000 to $60,000 depending on the size and complexity of the District formed and the size of the particular parcel. Additionally, each property owner can expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000 for their own private service lateral connection.
How does it work?
Typically, the entire utility infrastructure is placed underground eliminating the need for poles. Joint trenches are excavated within the public right-of-way which will typically contain the electrical, telephone and cable/data systems. Electrical transformers are sometimes placed in underground vaults as well. In addition to each property owner's allocation cost for the entire cost of the District, each private property owner is individually responsible for the cost of placing their respective overhead utilities underground through a private service lateral from the property line to their electrical service panel. The process is typically a multi-step, multi-year process.
Where can I find more information?
The Town has drafted a FAQ for Utility Underground Districts on its website. In addition, at 6 pm at the November 17 Regular City Council meeting, the Town will host a Public Information Presentation from a consultant that will walk through how such Districts are formed and how they operate. The meeting will be hosted via Zoom remotely. For information on how to connect to the presentation, watch for the November 17, 2021 Agenda release on the Town's website.