Chapter 17.36


17.36.010    Street naming guidelines.

17.36.020    Street naming application.

17.36.030    Action on street naming application.

17.36.040    Petition waiver.

17.36.010 Street naming guidelines.

A. The purpose of the street naming procedure is to provide a mechanism by which previously dedicated streets may be named or renamed with the approval of the platting board.

B. Street names shall neither duplicate nor be subject to confusion with the spelling or the pronunciation of any existing street name in the borough.

1. For the purpose of this chapter, a different tag name (Avenue, Court, etc.) or directional (North, East, etc.) shall not be sufficient to avoid a duplicate name.

2. When named streets have been vacated, the name may not be reused for three years from date of vacation.

C. All new and renamed streets (public thoroughfares and other public ways) shall be given tag names as follows:

1. All generally coursing east-west thoroughfares shall be designated “Avenue.”

2. All generally coursing north-south thoroughfares shall be designated “Street.”

3. All major state-maintained primary system thoroughfares shall be designated “Highway.”

4. Thoroughfares which follow a curving course, thus making multiple directional changes, shall be designated “Drive” or “Road.”

5. Thoroughfares branching off another thoroughfare and returning to that same thoroughfare shall be designated “Circle” or “Loop.”

6. Roadways terminating in a cul-de-sac and with low probability of future extension shall be designated “Court.”

7. Private easements or travelways recognized for numbering purposes shall be designated “Lane.”

D. Nothing in this section should be construed so as to prevent the platting board from consideration of other tag names for unique or historical purposes.

E. An existing road name shall be continued when the new road extends the alignment of an existing road. (Ord. 2005-10 § 2, 2005. 2004 Code § 17.40.050.)

17.36.020 Street naming application.

An informal preapplication conference by appointment with borough staff prior to the submittal of the application is encouraged. The application shall be submitted on a form provided for that purpose by the borough and shall be accompanied by the following:

A. A petition meeting the following criteria:

1. Signed by at least 75 percent of the adjoining property owners;

2. Listing the favored street name and two alternate names. (No street name currently in use or used within the last five years within the borough will be considered.)

B. A map depicting the location of the road.

C. The appropriate fee. (Ord. 2005-10 § 2, 2005. 2004 Code § 17.40.060.)

17.36.030 Action on street naming application.

A. Street naming applications must be submitted at least 45 calendar days before the meeting of the platting board at which the application will be considered.

B. Within 25 calendar days after submittal of the application, the platting officer shall review the application and supporting materials and do one of the following:

1. If the application is complete, accept the application for review and action by the platting board;

2. If the application is incomplete, return it to the applicant with a written list of deficiencies to be satisfied for acceptance.

C. After acceptance of the application and at least 14 calendar days prior to the time set for the platting board review and action the platting officer will:

1. Prepare a staff report that includes a recommendation for approval or denial of the application;

2. Send notice of the application to adjoining property owners.

a. Individuals may respond in writing prior to the platting board meeting.

b. Verbal testimony may be given at the platting board meeting.

3. No revisions to the application will be considered which are subsequent to the preparation of the staff report and notice of the proposal to adjoining property owners. Any such revisions will be treated as a new application and reviewed at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the platting board.

4. All plans, data, and other supporting material shall be available for public inspection at the department of community planning at least 14 calendar days prior to the time set for platting board review.

D. Notice of the application shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation not less than five calendar days prior to consideration by the platting board.

E. An accepted application shall be placed on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled platting board meeting.

1. The platting board may impose such conditions as it deems necessary to ensure compliance with this title.

2. The board shall adopt specific findings of fact and reasons for its action if any of the following occurs:

a. The board denies the application;

b. The board imposes conditions opposed by the applicant;

c. The board grants approval over the objection of any person or agency.

F. Following the public hearing, written notification will be issued to the adjoining property owners, informing them of the board’s action.

G. Anyone who objects to a decision on a street naming issue may appeal the decision by submitting written notice of appeal as provided in Chapter 17.68 FNSBC.

H. Platting board action on streets located within the cities of Fairbanks or North Pole shall be made known by letter to the respective city council.

1. The city council shall have 30 calendar days from the decision of the board in which to veto the board’s decision.

2. If the board’s decision is not vetoed within the 30-day period, the consent of the city council shall be deemed to have been given.

I. If a request is approved, the applicant will be responsible for replacing and installing all street name signs.

J. A request for renaming may not be brought before the platting board for five years following a board action to name/rename the same street unless a duplication has occurred. (Ord. 2013-51 § 6, 2013; Ord. 2007-77 § 5, 2008; Ord. 2005-10 § 2, 2005. 2004 Code § 17.40.070.)

17.36.040 Petition waiver.

At the request of the community planning director or emergency services director, the platting board may for good cause waive the petition requirements of FNSBC 17.36.020(A)(1), and the platting board may change, rename, or name an existing street, road easement, or newly established street within the boundaries of the borough at any time upon notification of adjoining property owners of record, after public hearing, and after consultation with any other municipality directly affected thereby. (Ord. 2005-10 § 2, 2005. 2004 Code § 17.40.080.)