1. Call 311 during business hours to request a petition package. Staff will collect information from you and create a package that includes details of your request and a map of the area. We'll phone you when the package is ready for pick-up at City Hall.
2. To be valid, a petition must be signed by at least two-thirds of the affected property owners who represent at least half the total property assessment value of the affected assessment according to the most recent property assessment roll.
If there are multiple owners of a property, a majority of those owners must sign the petition for that property. For example, if two people jointly own a property, both must sign the petition. If six people jointly own a property, at least four of them must sign the petition.
Each signature must be witnessed by an adult (18 or older) who signs:
(a) opposite the signature of the petitioner, and
(b) an affidavit that to the best of the witness's knowledge, the signatures witnessed are those of persons entitled to sign the petition.
If an estate, church or corporation owns a property, the petition must be accompanied by a document authorizing that person to sign on behalf of the estate, church or corporation. This person must be at least 18 years of age. An individual may not sign on behalf of another individual unless that person has power of attorney and provides evidence of such.
3. The completed petition form and affidavit must be returned to Infrastructure Services within 60 days of initiating the petition.
NOTE: if a petition is returned and found to be insufficient, the petition cannot be sent out again for more signatures. The petition becomes null and void, and a new petition must be created.
4. If a valid petition is received, City Council may start the local improvement and impose a levy on the affected properties. The affected property owners will be notified in writing if the petition is valid.