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Local and State Governments control and manage encroachments within the rights-of-way by a permitting process. Any encroachments or installations not permitted by the local and state governments are considered illegal and are subject to removal at the owner’s expense. Unauthorized encroachments impede the rights-of-way management and create traffic safety issues and delays during City infrastructure or utility maintenance or installations.
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No. Irrigation is not considered a utility and cannot be installed within the right of way. Maintenance and damage to any irrigation facilities in the right of way are not the responsibility of the city or utility companies.
No, the City does not regulate utilities. By state law, we cannot prohibit the access to the public right of way by utility companies or their contractors.
The City does have a permit process for utilities to follow so the city can be as aware as possible of upcoming work, the scope of that work and the schedule.
Contact information should be included in notices given by the utility company. Below are contact numbers for major utilities in the area:
Use the City’s Fix-It App or call the Georgia Department of Transportation at 404-631-1990.
You may also download the Fix-It mobile app from the App Store or Google Play Store by searching for Peachtree Corners Fix-It.
Right-of-way (ROW) can be defined in a variety of ways, but in general land terms, it is the legal right, established by usage or grant, to pass along a specific route through grounds or property belonging to another.
A right-of-way allows local and state governments to construct and maintain roads, stormwater systems and sidewalks to facilitate pedestrian and vehicular movement. ROWs are also used by the utility companies (Gas, Electric, Water, Sewer, Cable, Fiber Optic etc.), to install and maintain their utilities.
Often a plat or survey will show the property line up to the ROW that is managed by the government. (Note: An exception to this is when the ROW is a permanent easement. In this case, the government has permanent and perpetual access to the property in the easement, but the property owner still retains legal ownership to the entirety of the parcel. There is little practical difference between these two types of ROWs. The distinction is a legal one.)
Right-of-way responsibilities as defined by the policy include but are not limited to landscaping maintenance, grass cutting and tree maintenance in a manner consistent with City of Peachtree Corners code. Property owners must also refrain from the installation of permanent structures within the right-of-way such as irrigation systems, fences and walls, or any object that can obscure line of sight.
When sidewalks are present one should always use them, regardless of which side of the road it is on. Walking against traffic (left side of the road) is the recommended way to walk along a road that does not have sidewalks because walking against traffic allows pedestrians to establish and maintain eye contact with opposing drivers and assists pedestrians with the ability to see possible dangers coming their way.
When you are walking with the flow of traffic, you only have your ears to rely on to alert you of anything coming, which can occasionally be a little startling and would impact your ability to make good decisions. To be on the safe side please always use sidewalks when available, and if sidewalks are not present, please walk against traffic.
There is no universal rule or measurement to locate the ROW. In most cases, ROWs are deeded to the local government when a developer creates a subdivision plat and records it as a Final Plat. The ROW is shown in an Exhibit to a closing deed when a house is purchased, with iron pins indicating the property corner/ROW boundary. Developments are created differently, and during construction road pavement may not be centered in the ROW and may fluctuate in width. The width of ROWs varies depending on road classification, ranging from 40-foot to 120-foot. It is not accurate to describe a ROW as being a set distance from the edge of the road.
For approximate ROW locations please see the City’s map. Click to view the City Parcels’ layer and the ROW lines are what is not included in a parcel. You can also use the ruler tool to get an approximate measurement.
Use the City’s Fix-It App or call Gwinnett County Department of Transportation at 770-822-7474.
Call the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-7000.
The resident should contact the utility company regarding property restoration or compensation for damage.