Private streets exist in many forms in the City of Bloomington. They include educational institutions, corporate headquarters, trailer courts, multi-family apartment complexes, and single-family neighborhoods. In general, these private streets do not meet the street design standards outlined by the City Code and the Manual of Practice.
Private streets in single-family neighborhoods are typically managed by a homeowners' association, which is a type of community association. Some of the private streets in single-family neighborhoods were built more than 30 years ago, and they're beginning to deteriorate. The Public Works Department is developing a list of resources and a set of tools in order to specifically assist those who manage private streets in single-family neighborhoods. However, the information could assist any residents, property owners, and/or businesses owners who wish to learn more about maintaining or repairing private streets. Additional tools and resources will be added as they become available.
Multiple options exist that allow community association board members and managers to learn more about best practices for running a community association. Although not required for unpaid managers, Community Association Manager training and licensing can be invaluable for managing a community association. Training can include information about increasing revenue, financial management, maintaining streets and facilities, dispute resolution, analyzing risk, the roles of rules and regulations, and Illinois-specific laws. For more information about training programs offered in Illinois, please choose one of the following links provided by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR):
- Illinois Approved Pre-license Education Providers For Community Association Managers
- At a Glance – the Community Association Manager Licensing and Disciplinary Act
- Community Association Management
- Practical Engineering: Questions about Concrete Answered - The Basics
- Practical Engineering: What's that Infrastructure? (Ep. 1 - Transportation Infrastructure)
- Practical Engineering: What's That Infrastructure? (Ep. 4 - Subsurface Utilities)
Private Street Dedication
The City of Bloomington has received some requests from private street owners for the City to take over maintenance and repair responsibilities for a private street, which would make it a public street. However, the City of Bloomington will not accept a private street as a public street unless it meets the street design standards outlined in the City Code and Manual of Practice. In general, the short-term cost of meeting these standards would far exceed any short-term maintenance or repair costs, which is why the City has offered the above educational resources instead. To find out if the street meets design standards, or to pursue offering a street to the City for maintenance, please see the links below: