Like many master-planned communities in Florida, the builder of IBIS in Palm Beach Gardens has undergrounded their utilities as a standard way to build now. They do it because of reliability, aesthetics, and long term cost savings because underground power lines require significant less cost and effort to maintain.
Image: IBIS Streetscape in Palm Beach Gardens
IBIS is an historical example of reliable power from undergrounding utilities (See photos below). In fact, since the 1980's most new development in Palm Beach Gardens and in Florida uses underground utilities.
Nocatee Undergrounding Plan
Currently, one of the top three largest developments under construction in the United States is Nocatee along the coast south of Jacksonville, Florida. The new master-planned community in Ponte Vedra blends an array of village-like neighborhoods with schools, commercial and retail property, and more than 5,000 acres of parks and nature preserves.
Nocatee has over 13,000 acres on the Intracoastal which will eventually have over 16,000 homes. To put it in perspective, the Town of Palm Beach has about 7,300 physical residential addresses.
Nocatee will have all underground utilities. No poles, no overhead wires, and underground utilities are a selling point for the community.
IBIS and Palm Beach Gardens Undergrounding Requirements
According to the Planning Department in Palm Beach Gardens, all new residential development is required to have underground utilities.
IBIS was started in 1990 and underground utilities were planned from the beginning.
Undergrounding is now a standard practice. According to FPL: “FPL has been installing underground service for over 40 years and is committed to increasing its underground facilities. More than 37 percent of our current system is already underground, compared to about 20 percent in other utilities nationwide. Currently, more than two-thirds of FPL’s new distribution lines have been placed underground. In the last couple of years, there has been a lot of interest in underground service. We have received requests for this type of service for many reasons including: aesthetics and increased reliability during adverse weather.”
Photos of IBIS in Palm Beach Gardens
Please note: No poles for overhead transformers and wires.