Street Improvement Petition Program

Last updated Feb. 08, 2019 - 4:17 pm

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

TypeResidentialNon-Residential
Paving Gravel Streets
(without installing curb and gutter)
$16.00 / footnot eligible
Resurfacing Streets
(without curb and gutter)
$8.50 / footnot eligible
Street Improvements
(adding curb and gutter)
$32.00 / foot$64.00 / foot
Resurfacing Streets
(with curb and gutter)
See Annual Street Resurfacing Program

Petition Process

Interested parties may initiate a street improvement petition by contacting a member of the petition staff or completing the Online Petition Request Form.

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.

Project Authorization

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.

Construction Timeline

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.

Active Street Improvement Petitions

PetitionLocationStatusExpires
2016-001Norris Street
Installation of curbs, gutters, drains and paving 27 feet back-to-back from the end of existing standard improvements (curb & gutter) to Glascock Street with sidewalks on both sides on a variable 0-3.5 foot set back from the curb.
Passed, in design phase

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