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North Aurora rethinking policy on RV parking

Updated: February 25, 2014 6:15AM

NORTH AURORA — The Village Board will reconsider a fencing requirement designed to screen parked recreational vehicles.

The rules were enacted last October, but some residents have been protesting the change.

“This appears to be affecting a lot of residents,” said Village Administrator Steven Bosco. “Our plan is to do more research and bring the issue back to the Development Committee next month so the board can decide whether to remove the fence requirement.”

Last fall the Village Board amended the zoning ordinance to allow a property owner to extend his driveway past the edge of his garage and connect it to a hard-surface parking pad at the side or back of the building in order to store a boat, RV or utility trailer. The ordinance forbids property owners from parking such vehicles in their driveways except for loading and unloading.

The zoning amendment also requires property owners to erect a solid six-foot-tall fence along the parking pad to screen stored RVs from neighbors.

That requirement would cause needless hardship to many homeowners, asserted Fred Coppes at Monday’s Village Board meeting.

“My trailer sits next to my garage, and to put up a fence that obstructs it from view would be almost impossible without extending the side driveway three or four feet,” Coppes said. “A 70-year-old maple would have to come down to make room for it. If nothing else, I recommend that the village look at what other villages are doing and put in a grandfather clause.”

“I really am most interested in understanding why this action was considered, especially when there are things in the village that are much more unsightly than boats and campers. It seems uncharitable of North Aurora,” added sailboat owner John Kelsey.

Village President Dale Berman said officials meant the zoning change primarily to target businesses that store trailers in front of their establishments.

“There are times when my boat has sat in my driveway when it shouldn’t have,” he admitted. “I don’t think residents’ RVs are as much of a problem as businesses parking trailers and ladders in front of their buildings. Boats and trailers in residential neighborhoods should be regulated by homeowners associations and not by the village.”

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