In Delhi Township, our top priority is providing safe routes for everyone who navigates our community including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. As a community, we value walkability, sidewalks and other pedestrian amenities and feel they are extremely important.
Sidewalk installation and maintenance are the responsibility of the property owner. The Township’s Sidewalk Ordinance requires that sidewalks be installed in many areas of the Township whenever a property is developed, or when significant improvements are made. The township is not able to routinely pay for the installation of new sidewalks.
While the township has facilitated sidewalk installation, the projects have almost always been made possible by grants received by the township or one of our partners. Unfortunately, grant funding for sidewalks has become very limited and is not available for the general expansion of sidewalks, as has been recently suggested by some residents in our community.
There is some grant funding available for sidewalk and other safety improvements under the State of Michigan’s Safe Routes 2 School program, and the Township has used these funds. However, all Safe Routes 2 School sidewalks improvements must be done in proximity to public schools and be aimed at directly improving student safety.
The township does budget funds each year to help with sidewalk repairs and improve sidewalk ramps that are not ADA compliant. The township board has also put systems in place that guide trail development and other pedestrian improvements when grant and other funding can be identified.
Our Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, which was originally adopted in 2007 and updated in 2016 with significant input, was developed to guide trail construction and other pedestrian improvements. We also adopted the Complete Streets Ordinance, which requires that sidewalks and other non-motorized infrastructure be installed, whenever feasible, as roads undergo construction or significant reconstruction.