Sidewalk Maintenance / Assessments

Overview

Property owners are responsible for the sidewalk adjacent to their property. The Engineering department walks one of six zones for sidewalk replacement each year. Panels to be replaced are marked with a pink or white "X". The cost of these replacements is assessed to the property owner.

(From Special Assessment Policies and Procedures)

New Sidewalks: Not Assessed

New sidewalks outlined in the most recently adopted Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan shall not be assessed against adjoining residential properties with one or two-family units. These will be paid 100% by the City. 

New Sidewalks: Assessed

The total cost of all work involved in the construction of new sidewalks that are not identified in the most recently adopted Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, as well as the cost of the sidewalk itself, shall be assessed against benefited properties. Total cost includes the gravel subbase, yard restoration, and other incidental costs associated with the sidewalk construction.

  • New sidewalks in existing areas, where installed on one side of the street, shall be assessed 100% evenly distributed to property owners on both sides of the street if land use for both sides of the street is the same. 
  • New sidewalks in existing areas, where installed on both sides of the street, shall be assessed 100%, evenly distributed to adjoining properties. 
  • The City shall continue to require the developer to install sidewalks as part of the improvements in all new developments except on streets exempted under the Land Division Ordinance

Replacement Sidewalks

  • Where sidewalks exist on one side of the street only, the replacement cost shall be split evenly between property owner and City (25% to each side of the street and 50% to the City). 
  • Where sidewalks exist on both sides of the street, the replacement cost shall be split evenly between property owner and City (50% to adjoining property owner and 50% to the City).
  • For replacement sidewalks other than residential properties with one or two-family units, the property owner shall be assessed full cost.