Street Improvement Petition Program
The Street Improvement Petition Program provides citizens an opportunity to initiate improvements to non-standard streets that have not been identified in the City's Capital Improvement Program.
Streets are considered as non-standard if they:
- Do not include curbs and gutters
- Are too narrow
- Do not have an acceptable base or pavement
Potholes are filled as needed on these streets, but they are not eligible for the Annual Street Resurfacing Program.
Improvements to these streets require action by the City Council and in most cases require that abutting property owners pay a portion of the construction costs in the form of a special assessment.
Types of Improvements and Assessment Rates
|Paving Gravel Streets|
(without installing curb and gutter)
|$16.00 / foot||not eligible|
(without curb and gutter)
|$8.50 / foot||not eligible|
(adding curb and gutter)
|$32.00 / foot||$64.00 / foot|
(with curb and gutter)
See Annual Street Resurfacing Program
City staff will review your request and discuss possible options with you.
If a petition is warranted, staff will prepare a petition packet that includes:
- The City's street and sidewalk improvement policies;
- A map with the proposed improvements;
- A list of adjacent property owners; and,
- Signature sheets.
The City will give the petitioner a petition packet. They will have six months to get signatures from a majority of adjacent property owners who represent a majority of abutting footage along the proposed improvements.
After the petition packet is completed and returned, staff will validate the signatures.
If 50 percent plus one of the property owners who responded to the ballot are in favor of the improvements, the petition will be ranked among other successful petitions and subject to available funding, submitted to the City Manager for recommendation to the City Council.
Once the proposed project has been presented to the City Council, abutting property owners will be invited to a formal public hearing that is held to allow council members to receive comments from interested parties. After the conclusion of the public hearing, the City Council will vote on proceeding with the project and authorizing assessments.
Once City Council has approved the Street Improvement Petition, it becomes a City Project. Street improvements are a multi-step process and can take between two to three years before they are complete. This time may vary dependent on the availability of City funding, staff resources, and the number of projects we are currently working on.
Design and Construction Process
Steps to street improvement projects include:
- Conducting a land survey that will be used in the design process; (We will send survey notification letters to property owners.)
- Engineering staff will begin the design process;
- A public meeting will be held to present preliminary plans and get public input from area property owners and residents;
- City Engineers will finalize the roadway designs, incorporating the public input;
- The City’s Real Estate Department will contact property owners if we need to purchase easements to complete the street improvements;
- The project will go out for construction bids;
- A construction contractor is awarded the project;
- A pre-construction public meeting will be held to discuss the construction schedule with affected property owners; (depending on size of project)
- Construction starts; and,
- The project is complete.
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.
How to Request Street or Sidewalk Improvements
Raleigh citizens may petition the City to install new sidewalks along residential streets that are located inside of the City limits.
Street Improvement Petitions
|1361||Turnbridge Drive Street Improvement Petition|
From existing curb and gutter on Turnbridge at Bellevue Road to Bellevue Road
|Successful 97 Percent|
|1360||Lake Boone Trail Extension|
From existing improvements on Edenburgh Road to Glenwood Avenue Service Road for an approximate distance of 650’ from existing improvements on Lake Boone Trail to existing improvements on Glenwood Avenue Service Road
|Successful 100 Percent|
Installation of curbs, gutters, drains and paving of a 27 foot back-to-back street with a proposed 5 foot sidewalk on a typical 3.5’ setback from the curb along the East side of the street from Rose Lane to the dead end of Aberdeen Drive.
|Successful 76 Percent|