Capital projects included in the CIP are any large-scale, long-term investment that builds, replaces, or improves an asset (e.g. buildings, roads, parks, sewer, drainage lines, etc.). According to the CIP, capital projects should have a design life of at least ten years and a minimum cost of approximately $100,000.
Before capital projects become official CIP projects, they undergo a prioritization process, where City staff identify assets for repair, replacement, or purchase in the next budget cycle. When the City Council adopts the biennial budget, projects become a part of the two-year CIP. Some of these capital projects are standalone project ideas, while others are part of existing CIP programs that contain specific planning processes.
It's important to highlight that capital projects differ from maintenance projects, which are not within the CIP. Maintenance projects are typically smaller in scale/cost and refer to more urgent short-term repairs to ensure vital city assets remain operational. For urgent maintenance requests (e.g., potholes, graffiti removal, etc.), you can navigate to the City's Oak 311 service, which handles these more routine fixes. Please be advised that Oak 311 receives hundreds of requests and may not be able to respond to your concern immediately.