I have been asked by a few people to look into what it might take to add streetlights in their neighborhoods.
First, a little history might be in order to give some context as to why there are so few neighborhood streetlights. When Eagle Mountain was created, the founders wanted our city to have a semi-rural feel. They wanted it to feel as much as possible like living out in the country and be able to enjoy the night sky. They did not want it to look or feel like living in a big city. They also wanted to keep housing prices down in order to draw buyers to an area that was considered way out in the sticks. To achieve these goals, street lights were kept to a minimum.
This can be different than other cities, so when people move here they are sometimes surprised about the lack of street lighting. Others find it to be quite natural and enjoy being able to see the stars at night.
So whether someone sees it as good or as bad, it is the way Eagle Mountain was built. But what if someone wants to change that and add lights to their neighborhood? This is no small task. It is an expensive demolition and construction process. Sidewalks and roads would have to be torn up so that power lines could be put in place. Roads and sidewalks would have to be replaced, light fixtures and power meters would be installed.
In order to pay for the new lights and the power they would use a special assessment area would be created. The special assessment area would levy a tax on all of the residents in the area to pay for the lights and the power they would use. This would be similar to an HOA for streetlights.
Though certainly not impossible, it would be difficult to get everyone in a neighborhood to agree to pay for streetlights.