Rights of Way projects

There are over 400 laneways across the City of Stirling, officially known as rights of way (ROWs). Currently, the majority of these are unsealed laneways and are privately owned.

In an effort to improve local amenity, safety and usability, the City is carrying out a staged upgrade program to convert all existing privately owned ROWs into public streets.

This will bring ROWs into compliance with current City standards for sealing, kerbing, drainage and lighting of public streets under its care and management. Once dedicated into the City's care and management, the City will be responsible for maintaining the upgraded ROWs.

More information about the ROW program can be found in the Rights of Way Management Strategy and associated documents located in the Document Library to the right of the page.

Did you know?

Rights-of-way exist in towns and suburbs throughout WA as a legacy of a municipal waste collection service in operation before flush toilets were common.

Each residential and commercial property had a pan toilet, or ‘thunderbox’ on its back fence line and ‘night carts’ would collect the contents from each toilet once a week while travelling along these back lanes.

FAQs

What does the City seek feedback on?

The City seeks feedback from owners and residents directly affected by the installation of traffic calming devices, such as speed humps, within the ROW.

When feedback is sought on the proposed installation of traffic calming devices within a ROW, owners and residents of affected properties are contacted by mail.

While feedback from the wider community is considered as part of the public consultation process, only those owners and residents directly impacted by the proposed installation of the traffic calming devices, and who have been contacted by mail, will determine the final outcome.

If you have received a letter about a proposed ROW project and would like to provide your input, please complete the submission form located at the bottom of the relevant project page by the specified closing date.

What happens if I don’t provide a response to the proposed installation of speed humps?

The City considers all non-responses as having no objection to either the installation, or non-installation of the speed humps within the ROW. 

What criteria will determine approval for the installation of the speed humps?

Majority public support for the proposal will determine approval, that is more than 50 per cent of the number of responses received must agree to the installation of the speed humps. For example, letters were sent to 42 properties. There were 18 responses received (a response rate of 43 per cent). Of those, 12 responses agreed = 67 per cent and 6 responses disagreed = 33 per cent. In this example, the speed humps would be installed as part of the upgrade works. 

What is the timeframe for completion of the ROW upgrade?

Design and public consultation is usually undertaken approximately 12–18 months prior to the on-site construction works.

Why does it take so long from design phase to construction phase?

Affected stakeholders such as utility service providers, as well as abutting owners and residents are consulted where necessary, prior to the implementation of the upgrade works, to prevent possible costly delays.

This timeframe also provides the City’s Operations Business Unit adequate time to seek funding from Council as well as to engage the appropriate contractors etc.  

How will I be notified about the impending upgrade works?

The City’s Engineering Operations Business Unit will mail out letters to all affected owners and residents two weeks prior to the commencement of on-site works. The letter will provide confirmation of the proposed works as well as the relevant contact numbers for the City officers to be contacted while the works are in progress.

Timeline

Twenty rights of way projects scheduled for upgrade and/or lighting design per calendar year

Speed hump locations proposed for traffic calming purposes

Abutting owners and residents consulted to gauge level of support for the speed humps

Two week comment period provided

Affected owners and residents advised of survey results

Design plans finalised incorporating result of the public survey

Approved design plans issued for budgeting and scheduling purposes

Budget approval sought from Council

Owners and residents notified two weeks before on-site works start

Works commence

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