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North Aurora residents can have wider driveways

NORTH AURORA – Residents in North Aurora now will be allowed to have wider driveways.

Village trustees on Monday approved new rules allowing residents to widen their driveways to 30 feet within their property line. Previously, driveways were limited to a 20-foot width.

A driveway has to be set back no less than five feet from the closest property line. The new rules are in conjunction with a decision by the village to allow homeowners to store utility trailers as if they were recreational vehicles. Trustees on Monday also approved those new rules.

North Aurora Community and Economic Development Director Mike Toth said the change in the driveway width was necessary because of a village requirement that recreational vehicles be located behind a solid six-foot fence.

Recreational vehicles also must be parked on a hard surface.

“If the village requires recreational vehicles to be located behind a solid six-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,” Toth said.

Toth said the village will be able to regulate utility trailers because they will be treated like recreational vehicles.

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