Sidewalk Petition Program

Last updated Jan. 13, 2017 - 8:59 am

The Sidewalk Petition Program provides citizens an opportunity to initiate sidewalk construction to complete portions of the sidewalk network that have not been identified by the Pedestrian Program. It is primarily intended for streets in residential neighborhoods. Sidewalks along non-residential streets will be considered on a case by case basis. In most cases there are no costs for residential property owners.

Upcoming Public Hearings

Sidewalk Petition Projects Approved for Public Hearing:

Daisy Street Sidewalk Petition – Raleigh City Council approved this project during the October 4, 2016, City Council Meeting.

This petition was received and signed by a majority (50 percent plus one) of the adjacent property owners as required by the Residential Sidewalk Petition Policy. Daisy Street (west side) from approximately 149 feet north of Hillsborough Street to Clark Avenue for an approximate distance of 825 linear feet. Staff recommends installation of a five-foot-wide sidewalk on a 2.5-foot setback from the curb on the west side of Daisy Street where existing conditions and available right-of-way would allow, otherwise installation of a 6-foot sidewalk on a zero setback from the curb. Additional adjustments to the sidewalk width and setback may be included in the final design to avoid major impacts in certain areas as needed and determined by our engineering staff. The petition received a 67 percent sufficiency percentage with 12 out of 18 property owner signatures in favor of the proposed sidewalk installation.

Eligibility for Petition Program

In order for a street to be considered for the Sidewalk Petition Program it must meet the following criteria.

  • Be publicly maintained
  • Be completely inside of the city limits
  • Not eligible for the Pedestrian Program's sidewalk prioritization
  • Have curb and gutter*

* Streets without curb and gutter will be petitioned through the Street Improvement Petition Program.

Petition Process

To initiate a sidewalk petition, contact a member of the petition staff or use the Online Petition Request Form. Staff will review your request and discuss your options with you.

If a petition is warranted, staff will mail a letter, indicating that a sidewalk has been requested, to the abutting property owners on both sides of the street. The letter will include recommendations for placement and construction and a form that property owners will be requested to complete and return to the City.

In order for the sidewalk to be considered for construction, 50% plus one vote of the property owners must sign and complete the form, indicating that they are in favor of a sidewalk along the street.

After the petition deadline has passed, staff will review the returned petition forms to determine if enough signatures were received. Property owners will be notified of the results. Successful petitions will be forwarded to the City Council for public hearing and authorization to construct.

Ranking and Project Authorization

If a petition is successful, staff will use the Sidewalk Petition Prioritization Ranking Criteria to rank it against other successful petitions. Periodically, depending on available funding, a list of the highest ranking sidewalk petition projects will be submitted to the City Council for construction authorization.

Construction Timeline

Once a sidewalk project has been authorized, the engineering staff will begin the design process.

Property owners will be invited to a public design meeting at which time they will be given the opportunity to provide input on the sidewalk's design.

Property owners will be notified prior to the start of construction.

After the project is complete, property owners will be sent a punch list letter so they may notify the city of any construction-related issues along their property.

Current Sidewalk Petitions

Petition
Project LocationStatusExpires
2016-05

Baugh Street
From Starmount Drive to Buffaloe Road

OpenFebruary 24, 2017
2016-06Bluffridge Drive
From Sawmill Road to Bridgeport Drive
Failed
42%

2016-04Whittier Drive
From Northclift Drive to the entrance of Optimist Park
Failed
0%

2016-03Yadkin Drive
From Allegany Drive to Currituck Drive
Approved for construction by City Council on December 6, 2016
Successful
76%

2016-02Daisy Street
From Hillsborough Street to Clark Avenue.

Successful
67%

2016-01Cape Charles Drive
From Dominion Blvd. to existing sidewalk on Cape Charles Drive
Failed
41%

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