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E. The City Council has held a noticed public hearing on this Ordinance and has <br />considered all testimony presented thereto. <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />Section 2: In order to implement a regulatory framework that both protects the <br />health, safety, and welfare of the city and limits undue strain on homeowners, business <br />operators and developers, Section 41-626 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code is hereby <br />amended such that it reads as follows: <br />Sec. 41-626. - Underground utility installations. <br />(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the ordinance, all projects described <br />below shall be required to install electrical, telephone, community antenna <br />television and similar service wires or cables which provide direct service to the <br />property being developed, added to, or converted, shall, within the exterior <br />boundary lines of such property, be installed underground. Conduits required for <br />telephone or community antenna television shall be installed to utility <br />specifications by the electrical permit holder prior to inspection of electrical <br />conduit. <br />(1) When any property is developed with a new or relocated building or <br />structure. <br />(2) When an addition is proposed to a single family residence or duplex in <br />excess of fifty (50) percent of the existing floor area. <br />(3) When an addition is proposed to a multi -family or non-residential structure <br />in excess of twenty-five (25) percent of the existing floor area. <br />(b) For existing single-family and duplex (two-family) structures, a new service <br />meter may be installed without the utility wires and cables being installed <br />underground provided that the new meter to be installed is a dual function <br />service box which may be converted for underground service when appropriate. <br />(c) For existing multifamily, commercial, and industrial structures, a change of <br />service may be permitted with a waiver from the requirements of subsection (a), <br />above, if approved by the planning director. Waivers may be granted if, after a <br />review of aesthetic and technical considerations, a determination is made that <br />environmental or other conditions affecting the site make the underground <br />installation of wires or cables unreasonable or impractical. Requests for waivers <br />shall be in writing on forms provided by the planning department. The decision of <br />the designee may be appealed to the planning commission by filing an appeal <br />application to the planning department within ten (10) days. The decision of the <br />planning commission shall be final. The form and content of the waiver <br />application and appeal application shall be determined by the executive director <br />of the planning and building safety agency. <br />Ordinance No. NS -2906 <br />Page 2 of 4 <br />