Encroachment Procedures in Atherton
You may have read or heard about changes to the Town’s encroachment process.
More information can be found on the City Manager’s Blog
The goal of the revisions to the Encroachment process is to tighten-up the enforcement of the current requirements and ensure a clear understanding between the Town and adjacent property owner with respect to liability of private improvements within the right-of-way. The Town is not seeking to have improvements removed unless they clearly violate the existing law and/or clearly are a matter of public safety. For example, if there are rocks, logs, or other similar obstructions within the first 6 feet, we will ask the property owner to move them back to the 6 foot mark for compliance. If the property owner has built structures within the first 6 feet – we will ask the property owner to move them back.
Town officials consider the changes to the encroachment process to be a rather large culture change for the community.
To prepare for such changes, the Council approved a subcommittee to meet with residents and discuss the changes, gather feedback and respond to questions.
Council Members Widmer and Lempres are the members assigned to the subcommittee. The subcommittee and staff members are looking to meet with the various neighborhood associations over the next few months to educate and inform the community about the changes to the encroachment process.
The Town intends to hold a community-wide meeting at the Pavilion in the Park once the neighborhood meetings have been achieved. The community-wide meeting is expected for early June.
If your neighborhood is hosting a meeting over the next few weeks please contact Theresa DellaSanta to coordinate attendance of Atherton officials to discuss these important changes.