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Except as otherwise provided in this Code, all existing and proposed utility facilities, including, but not limited to, electric lines, communication lines, cable television lines, street lighting power supply lines, and appurtenances thereto, shall be placed underground, and all utility facilities, including service laterals, shall be installed in the ground and appropriately pressure tested prior to the paving of streets. The City Engineer may authorize the installation of utility facilities after the street improvements are installed if the installation will not require the reconstruction or repair of the street improvements or if unusual circumstances warrant. All necessary arrangements for the installation of utilities shall be made with the operator of each proposed subdivision utility system pursuant to this section.
Certain utility appurtenances, including, but not limited to, transformers, pedestal-mounted terminal boxes, meter cabinets, and concealed ducts used in connection with underground facilities which cannot be reasonably placed underground may be placed on the surface of the ground. The request shall be made at the time of the approval of the tentative map. The Planning Commission or Council may grant the request for all or part of a subdivision where, due to physical conditions, it would cause unreasonable hardship.
(Ord. 744-NS, eff. April 17, 1980)