North Aurora considers easing driveway width restrictions
BY DENISE LINKE For Sun-Times Media September 27, 2013 6:52PM
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:37AM
NORTH AURORA — A proposed requirement to store utility trailers as if they were recreational vehicles might prompt officials to let homeowners widen their driveways from 20 feet to 30 feet within their lot lines.
“If the village requires recreational vehicles to be located behind a solid 6-foot fence and the maximum width of a residential driveway is not to exceed 20 feet in width, a conflict is created by minimizing and/or eliminating the ability to create a hard surface drive leading to the side or rear yards,” wrote Community Development Director Mike Toth in a memo to the Village Board.
If the board approves the proposed zoning amendment, a homeowner with a utility trailer or recreational vehicle could extend his driveway past the edge of his garage and connect it to a hard-surface parking pad at the side or back of his house, Toth explained at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting. The driveway would have to be no more than 20 feet wide where it hits the public parkway, or the street if no parkway exists, and the parking pad would have to be set back at least five feet from the nearest lot line, he added.
If the trailer storage requirement takes effect, officials also plan to remove a clause in the zoning code that requires each driveway to provide access to an enclosed garage, Toth said.
“We’re not (further) restricting the driveway width at the street. We’re actually opening it up away from the property line,” noted trustee Ryan Lambert.
“We’re getting a lot of requests for this,” Toth said.
The Village Board will vote on the proposed zoning amendments after the Plan Commission has considered them, probably in October or November.