As many of you have probably already faced the reality of stubborn utility companies unwilling to compromise on their design standards, we are constantly faced with trying to establish creative alternatives to overcoming this major hurdle in New Urbanism.
We have decided on one such approach and I would love to hear input from others with experience in this particular issue.
After months of wrangling with the electric company as to where they should place there transformers and pedestals we have finally found something which got the wheels turning again. We had originally designated our alley's as 20' ROW with 16' UE's starting from the rear build line and utilizing part of the 20' ROW. The electric company was adamant about not using any ROW for a UE. To overcome this we have proposed to now call the 20' ROW's "20' U.E.'s/Access." We have made it no secret that our garages face the alley's, but we promised not to pave the alley and leave it as a gravel road "country road" look.
For some reason now the electric company seems willing to move forward, but I would love to see others thoughts' on this issue and find out if anyone was able to come up with a better solution to this ongoing problem? Also,Having a larger Alley is not an alternative.
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