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Land Use with SDG&E

Ways to incorporate land uses with SDG&E facilities

Utility corridors are considered major land features. They cannot be hidden or relocated easily. Instead, developers are seeking ways to utilize and integrate utility corridors in the planning designs.

Conceptual uses of easement corridors and official approvals should be discussed with SDG&E’s Real Estate & Facilities Department.

Acceptable secondary uses include:

  • Open space and wildlife corridors
  • Passive recreational parks
  • Parking for commercial, retail and office needs
  • Utility, industrial and manufacturing service yards
  • Bike, walking and hiking trails

Note: No structures of any type are allowed within easement corridors without written permission. Permission, if granted, is revocable.

Existing SDG&E transmission corridors and properties

Never assume that existing SDG&E properties or transmission corridors are being fully utilized. Most are capable of accommodating additional lines and equipment.

Easement maintenance

The responsibility for maintaining SDG&E’s easement is often a concern. The simple answer is that it depends on who owns the property.

If we own the property, then it is SDG&E’s responsibility. If it is owned by an individual or private entity and we only have an easement interest, then it is the responsibility of the property owner.

    Electric and magnetic fields concerns

    SDG&E’s EMF Center is staffed by individuals who are knowledgeable about magnetic field interference with equipment and the on-going research into questions about the possible health effects of 60-hertz power frequency electric and magnetic fields (EMFs).

    Our EMF Center is a resource for information in the early planning stages of a project and provides the following services which can help developers stay informed about the issues:

    • Information and printed materials regarding published health-science research.
    • Magnetic field measurements for developed and undeveloped properties.
    • Computer modeling of magnetic fields from SDG&E facilities.
    • Information about the California Public Utilities Commission policy regarding magnetic fields.
    • Meetings with planners, developers, architects, engineers, designers and school administrators.
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