The vacation process allows for city owned property or a defined easement that is to the benefit of the city and no longer is needed to serve a public purpose to be reverted back to private ownership or authority. There are three different types of vacation requests: vacation of right-of-way, vacation of a public easement, vacation of a buffer park easement. The approval process varies for each type of vacation request.
Vacation of Right of Way: Vacation of R.O.W. is a public hearing requiring publication. By policy, the City notifies the property owners immediately adjacent to the R.O.W. to be vacated as they are the ones likely to receive said vacated R.O.W.
- A vacation request is reviewed by city staff to confirm the right of way is no longer needed and will not be needed in the future.
- The Plan and Zoning Commission makes a recommendation to City Council.
- City Council acts on request and vacates the right of way by resolution.
- The City’s Legal Department then disposes of the property.
Vacation of Public Easement:
- Vacation of a Public Easement is a public hearing item requiring publication.
- Vacation of a Public Easement is taken directly to Council where they may vacate the City’s legal interest in a property by resolution.
Vacation of a Buffer Park Easement:
- The requesting property owner must secure the signatures of all property owners within their subdivision approving the request.
- Plan and Zoning Commission reviews the request and makes a recommendation to the City Council.
- The City Council then may act on the request to vacate and may vacate by resolution.
- Vacation of a Buffer Park Easement is a public hearing requiring publication and mailing of letters to all surrounding property owners.