Neighborhood Participation Program
The NPP was designed to give assistance to specific projects - initiated by neighborhood organizations - that build identity and enhance the community. It is intended to fund projects such as: connecting sidewalk installation; improvements to existing public facilities that serve neighborhoods; bike path connections; landscape improvements; installation of play or picnic facilities in neighborhood parks; small drainage improvement projects; entrance identification improvements; renovations that improve access by disabled persons; and irrigation installation.
Criteria for selecting and evaluating the projects include benefit versus cost; health and safety concerns; demonstrated neighborhood support; neighborhood commitments for partial funding or in-kind contributions; and ongoing maintenance considerations. The City of Sunrise has completed the third round of NPP in 2009. Although there is currently no funds available for the next round, the City encourages neighborhood to register on our waiting list when funds become available.
For additional details regarding the NPP, please call (954) 746-3270.
Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program
In January 2006, the City Commission approved the establishment of a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (NTCP). This progressive program was designed to provide residents with an opportunity to raise neighborhood traffic concerns and to participate in the selection of strategies that promote safe and pleasant conditions for residents, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists in Sunrise neighborhoods.
The goals of the NTCP include:
Provide safety measures in residential neighborhoods to reduce traffic operating at high speeds and high volumes on local City streets.
Reduce the average speed of vehicles in residential neighborhoods and the need for traffic safety enforcement.
Increase access, safety, comfort and convenience for pedestrians and bicyclists by changing the culture of neighborhood street use from "cars first" to "people first"
Encourage through traffic to use collector streets and arterial roads.
Effectively address the dual, and frequently conflicting, public safety interests of traffic calming and emergency response.
Foster a collaborative working relationship between City staff and neighborhood residents in the development of traffic calming measures.
Prioritize the expenditure of public resources based on need and implement cost-effective measures for addressing identified traffic issues.
The NTCP is applicable only for residential City streets, and is not appropriate for arterial or collector streets, or for cul-de-sacs or dead-end roads. Additionally, for a neighborhood street to qualify for NTCP consideration, it must meet speeding and traffic volume criteria as determined by a City evaluation.
Due to the nationwide popularity of traffic calming programs, and the fact that limited funds are available through the NTCP each year, interested neighborhoods must follow a formal application process as established by the City's Community Development Department. If it is determined an application identifies a potential problem that's a candidate for traffic calming, City staff will collect and analyze relevant traffic data. Should staff-collected data support the neighborhood's concerns, the City will further evaluate the location and prioritize it among all approved applications.
For each high priority project selected, City staff will consult emergency responders (Fire-Rescue and Police), as well as other entities - such as schools - that may be impacted by traffic calming. Staff will then meet with the applicants and help establish a Working Group of five to ten residents to work with City staff on the neighborhood's traffic calming efforts.
All proposed traffic calming measures should:
- Be consistent with Florida law and with established transportation construction standards and guidelines
- Address problems in an efficient and cost effective manner
- Accommodate the geometrics of the street (e.g., a traffic circle may only be built in an intersection that is large enough for it)
- Be compatible with the needs of the Fire Rescue and Police departments; and
- Take into account the needs of nearby schools
Once staff-approved preliminary designs have been developed, community support must be gained via petitioning. Plans will then be presented to the City Commission for review, approval and funding. Once a project has been approved for funding, City staff will develop detailed construction drawings, acquire any necessary rights-of-way/easements, and schedule and oversee construction. City staff will also evaluate all traffic calming measures one year after installation, and will recommend any corrective action, if appropriate.
NTCP Application Packet [PDF]
For additional information regarding the NTCP, please contact the Utilities Department, Engineering Section at (954) 888-6037.