To help understand what is involved when a new footpath is requested, perhaps the following information will help you.
When we receive a request for a new footpath, we need to make an assessment of the priority for this.
Funding a new footpath
Property owners are required to contribute to the cost of the new footpath construction work (normally half cost) in a Special Rate and Charge Scheme if construction goes ahead. We pay the other half.
The footpath can be on one, or both sides of the street. If it is constructed on only one side, only the owners on that side contribute to the cost.
Over the past 50 years, as a general concept, legislation has allowed us to pass on the cost of constructing sealed roads, kerb and channel, footpaths, underground drainage and other capital infrastructure, to the owner of a property abutting and/or receiving benefit from the construction works. This is done because the construction of sealed roads, kerb and channel, footpaths, underground drainage and other capital infrastructure, provides a unique benefit to the abutting property through improved all weather access, amenity, reduced mud/dust, improved road safety, etc.
Where a property is sold without part or all of the sealed roads, kerb and channel, footpaths, underground drainage and other capital infrastructure constructed, the purchaser needs to understand there is a responsibility for the cost of construction of this infrastructure where it abuts their property. The cost is only applied when we undertake the works to construct the missing infrastructure.
In new subdivisions the cost of the construction of sealed roads, kerb and channel, footpaths, underground drainage and other capital infrastructure is apportioned across the lots to be sold by the developer of the land. In this way the purchasers of the lots and subsequent owners have paid for the benefits derived by their property abutting this infrastructure.
Footpath Customer Commitments Register
Whilst all new subdivisions we approve are required to have internal footpath networks and footpaths along the subdivision frontage, we are aware that in the past a large number of areas were constructed without the same requirements being placed on them.
Accordingly we are working with residents to construct these footpaths using Special Rate and Charge Schemes. We are recording all requests for footpaths in our Footpath Customer Commitments Register where they are assessed and ranked according to a criteria of safety and connectivity requirements.
There are currently more than 400 requested footpaths to be constructed and as a result it will take some time before individual requests may be able to be delivered.
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