The Transportation Planning & Engineering section completes Traffic Studies, Traffic Signal Designs, Sidewalk Requests, Traffic Counts, Street Lighting, Traffic Calming, Sketch Plat Reviews – including Final Plat approvals.
How the petition process works for requesting residential sidewalks:
Sidewalks can be constructed on residential streets with the approval of the owners of 51 percent of the property abutting those sidewalks. A sidewalk tax assessment is used to pay for the costs of sidewalk installation. If your request is found to meet the requirements of this program, a cost estimate and petition will be returned to you for use in obtaining the necessary consent from the affected property owners. You must file an application for establishing a residential sidewalk district along public streets in unincorporated DeKalb County.
Click HERE for the Sidewalk District Application.
How the traffic calming process works:
How to request street lighting:
- A resident/petitioner on the street calls in the name of the street to the Traffic Calming section. An initial interest petition is sent out to the petitioner.
- If at least twenty percent of the real property owners (or renters) on the street are in favor of having a traffic calming study, then a traffic study is completed to determine the 85th percentile speed and volume.
- If the study meets the speed or cut-thru criteria on the street of concern then the study passes.
- Our staff along with the neighborhood will discuss the concerns and develop design measures for the area. This process will take no longer than twelve (12) months.
- Once a consensus is met, the Board of Commissioners will review and approve the final plan to go out to the community. Petitions will be issued and the residents will have 90 days to get 65% of the property owners of the parcels in the affected area to vote for approval of measures.
- If the 65% approval is attained, the construction will be scheduled through the Roads and Drainage Division of Public Works.
- A $25.00 maintenance fee is added to each parcel of land in the affected area as long as the measures are installed.
Dekalb County procedures for installation of street lights by homeowners or developers on County-owned streets varies depending on whether the streets have overhead power or underground Power. The major difference between streets with underground power is that street light poles are not installed as part of the normal electrical service. Therefore, the cost of the pole installation must be paid by the petitioners.