The proposed Pilot Sidewalk Repair Partnership Program would provide property owners with an economical and efficient means of replacing existing sidewalks when City tree roots cause the damage.
While the Department of Public Works does provide temporary sidewalk repairs, Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) Chapter 12.04.030 – Notice to Abutting Property Owner makes sidewalk repair the responsibility of the abutting property owner even if a City street tree causes the damage. Property owners must repair damaged sidewalks or pay the City to make repairs before selling property. Currently property owners must also repair damaged sidewalks before the City will issue a building permit with a valuation of $20,000 or more.When a condominium is sold, the City calculates the total damaged sidewalk assessment for that parcel and divides it by the number of units on the parcel. Each unit is responsible for its share of the assessment.A unit applying for an occupancy or building permit is similarly required to pay its proportional share of the sidewalk assessment. When the total damaged sidewalk assessment for that parcel is collected, the City will proceed with sidewalk repairs. Any time the City assesses a unit for its share of damages, the Department of Public Works contacts the condominium association to ascertain the association’s interest in repairing damaged sidewalk along the parcel’s entire frontage. In many instances, the condominium associations have elected to collaborate with the City to repair all damaged sidewalk.
The City of Pasadena recognizes that sidewalk maintenance and repair within the City is necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents and visitors. The Pilot Sidewalk Repair Partnership Program would provide owners who are not engaged in the sale of or building permit process for the subject property with an economical and efficient means of replacing existing sidewalks when a City street tree(s) causes the damage. The City would manage the design, construction, and inspection necessary to repair qualifying sidewalks.
For more information, call (626) 744-4191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For any questions about City street trees, call (626) 744-4321.
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