Why is there an Irrevocable Petition on my property? FAQ

How did an Irrevocable Petition become associated with my property?
When property abutting an unimproved street or alley is subdivided or partitioned or an intensification of use is proposed, the property owner/developer is required to sign an irrevocable petition for the future improvement of an adjacent unimproved street or alley. The petition waives the property owner's ability to remonstrate a proposed improvement. This petition is in lieu of improving the street or alley at the time of development which is typically not practical.

When the street or alley is ultimately improved, all abutting properties including those with irrevocable petitions are included in a local improvement district (LID). Upon completion of the improvement, properties in a LID are then assessed (charged) for a portion of the cost of the improvements.

Why Is This Necessary?
The principle underlying assessment is that a portion of the cost to improve unimproved streets or alleys serving adjacent properties is the responsibility of those property owners. When an undeveloped property is partitioned, subdivided or changes use, the expectation that the owner will participate in the cost of improving the adjacent unimproved street or alley is recorded through an irrevocable petition that will be utilized in the future.

Property taxes are not used to pay for infrastructure improvements such as roads, sidewalks, stormwater drainage, or wastewater sewer lines.

Irrevocable petitions are filed with the Lane County Recorder and are typically referenced in title reports.