Board lays out plans for utilities

RANCHO SANTA FE — Anyone with questions about the proposed undergrounding of overhead utilities could have a better understanding after they visit the Association’s website. To access the information visit www.rsfassociation.org. Then scroll down to the words: Check Here for utility undergrounding FAQs.
“It has everything anyone would wonder about,” said Ivan Holler, planner for the district, at the Association’s May 20 meeting.
Although the effort to begin undergrounding existing overhead utilizes has been a work in progress for several years, in early April the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, allowed the Association, working with the Community Services District, to activate its latent powers, which now allows the formation of assessment districts to fund the project.
The next step to raise community awareness of the possibility will be to mail a survey to determine how much interest there is, Holler said.
“I think it is a good idea to get a reading,” said Bill Beckman, board president.
Holler said the projects will take several years and will play out in phases, with neighborhoods stepping forward, forming assessment districts for themselves.
There will be a process that will start when property owners submit a petition to establish an assessment district to the community services district, which eventually helps them design the project. They pay only for as much as they benefit and can have it either added to their property tax bill or they can pay it all up front.

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