A right-of-way is a path or strip of land over which someone, usually a government agency or utility, has the right to pass and/or construct structures such as roadways, sidewalks, etc. The City right-of-way typically includes a City maintained street. The right-of-way varies for different streets depending on the type of street and when it was constructed.
The City-County Planning Commission has a database that includes all right-of-way information; to find out the right-of-way for a particular street, contact them. One can then measure half the right-of-way from the centerline of the street to find where the right-of-way line begins on his private property.
See also Sign Permits section of this citizen guide.
As a citizen it is my responsibility to...
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the right-of-way sections of their property, which includes adequate mowing in compliance with City ordinance (See Also: Weeds). Owners of corner lots must take care to make sure that any hedges or shrubbery planted along the right-of-way are maintained at a height no greater than three feet high. Additionally, the placement of realtor, election or other temporary yard signs in the right-of-way is expressly prohibited.
To report a right-of-way violation, contact City Central.
It is the responsibility of the city to...
The City and utility companies maintain the right to excavate and improve a right-of-way area to maintain utilities or repair drainage as required. The City-County Planning Commission maintains a database of right-of-way information and investigates reported right-of-way violations.
If I am interested, who do I contact...
City Central, City Hall, 1001 College St., (270) 393-3444
City-County Planning Commission, 1141 State St., (270) 842-1953
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