ELECTRONIC PERMITTING AND UTILITY COORDINATION COMMITTEES

The speaker gives a history of some of the early utility coordinating committees in Arizona. Some actions by these committees include an irrigation system developed by the Ho Ho Com Indians in 1100 AD, the development of a hydroelectric plant in Childs, Arizona (in 1909), the construction of a water line (using cedar pipes) for the city of Phoenix in 1922, and this pipeline's subsequent placement underground. The Utility Location and Coordination Council was created under the American Public Works Association in the 1970s. At this time, a number of coordinating committees were also formed in Arizona. In the early 1980s a policy making group was formed, to try to better ensure the implementation of coordination ideas. This group became the Central Arizona Coordination Committee. The Central Arizona Coordination Committee developed a Public Improvement Project Guide, which had been adopted and is recognized throughout the United States. Issues that utility coordination committees face include abandoned facilities, and right-of-way. One-call centers help in the coordination of utilities. The creation of the Underspace Comport, which is an electronic network, has also been helpful. One can use the Underspace Comport to access information, to teleconference, to link to major databases and information centers, and as an electronic mail facility. One needs a PC, a modem and communications software to interact with the Underspace Comport. The biggest problem with Underspace Comport is that, though most people have PCs, many do not have phone lines.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 23-32

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00793917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-PD-96-020
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2000 12:00AM