Overhead Utility Undergrounding Project
March 30, 2020
The project team continues to meet via teleconferencing during the COVID-19 situation to discuss pandemic impacts on the project, including design schedule adjustments due to travel restrictions.
At this stage, the team continues work to complete the first phase of this project, focusing on progressing a preliminary design with associated cost estimates, and preparing a formal petition.
Timing of the formal petition to homeowners will depend on when the preliminary cost estimates are ready, and will also consider an assessment of the pandemic and economic situation at that time.
BC Hydro Beautification Grant
The White Gold Undergrounding Project was successful in its application to BC Hydro for the Beautification Grant, up to a maximum value of $1.2m, albeit there are some constraints with regard to costs and timing deadlines.
If the planned petition to move forward with this project is approved, and pending design completion, construction could begin in spring 2021 with two separate costs and payment timelines to residents:
1. For those who do not currently have undergrounded utilities on private property, this work is currently expected to proceed in summer/fall 2021. The cost for this work is dependent on the solution each owner determines appropriate for their situation.
2. Costs to move the overhead utilities underground on public land would be amortized and paid for through property taxes beginning in July 2022.
- a. Owners may choose to pay their undergrounding costs upfront; or
- b. Pay as part of their annual property taxes over a period of time; or
- c. If they qualify under provincial property tax deferral programs, they may defer this cost together with their regular property taxes.
For more information regarding this project please review the Q&A document.
Is your question not in the Q&A? Please contact Christine Boehringer, Project Manager at email@example.com. The project team will be happy to answer your question.
This project provides an opportunity for White Gold residents to place overhead utility lines underground.
The White Gold Utility Undergrounding Project includes completion of a local government petition process, feasibility design study, detailed design, tendering services, contract administration and construction management. The project is expected to take two years to complete and includes approximately 2 kilometres of overhead utility lines (power and communication lines) to be replaced with underground infrastructure in Whistler’s White Gold neighbourhood.
The RMOW has hired C.Boehringer & Associates Ltd. to project manage the petition, design and construction for this project. Homeowners in White Gold have formed a group and are coordinating with the RMOW project manager, Christine Boehringer, to complete the Phase 1 petition that will be presented to owners. This is the next necessary step to move this project forward.
The project management team will be in touch with homeowners regarding the petition and about a planned information session.
The RMOW will be delaying the paving of the White Gold neighbourhood roads to accommodate this utility undergrounding work if the petition is successful.
Please check back for regular updates on this site or contact Christine the RMOW project manager below.
The current status of the project is shown below:
|High-level Phase 2 cost estimate||Early April 2020|
|Petition letter to property owners||Mid April 2020|
|Community meeting||* may be held as a teleconference. In interim please send questions to contact below.|
|Petition to RMOW council||Spring 2020|
|Phase 1 - Petition completion||Spring 2020|
|Phase 2 - Design and cost estimate refinement||Fall to winter 2020|
|Construction Issue for Tender||Winter to spring 2021|
|Construction of underground utilities||Spring to fall 2021|
|Anticipated project completion||Winter 2021|
Please review the Q&A document for more project information.
C.Boehringer & Associates Ltd.
Christine Boehringer, MBA., MCPM, PMP