Once the City Council has created an Underground Utility District, a 12 to 24 month design process begins.
The start of this phase includes a "Pre-Design Meeting." Property owners receive a detailed presentation on what to expect in upcoming months. Property owners and community members are also able to communicate their concerns and preferences to representatives from the utility companies and the streetlight design team. This input is used by the design teams to guide decisions about utility box locations and streetlight locations. This is also an opportunity for community members to express any concerns or preferences regarding street tree preservation and planting associated with the project.
Throughout this phase, residents may also see engineers placing marks on the street, surveyors performing field surveys, or other professionals involved in the design process such as those coordinating with property owners to plan the construction on private property to connect homes and businesses to the underground lines.