by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-1 to approve a text amendment allowing the use of non-standard at-grade pavement in driveway right-of-way aprons.
According to a document from Community Development Director Richard Young, contractors and homeowners over the last few years have requested permission to match their driveway apron, located in the village right-of-way, with their driveway material.
The document also states that several municipalities in the area use non-standard pavement materials such as stamped concrete, colored concrete, stamped asphalt and brick pavers in the right-of-way.
With the new amendment, non-standard at-grade pavement will be allowed in village right-of-ways if the property owner files for a building permit, as well as a “Non-Standard Pavement ROW Permit Agreement and Covenant,” which means the owner agrees that the village is not responsible for the cost of any non-standard pavement materials, even if said materials are damaged by the village during right-of-way work.
Trustee Bob Bohler voted against the amendment.
“I don’t think this is a good idea. I don’t know what recourse we’re going to have,” he said. “Let’s say that apron does go to hell, and water starts corroding underneath and damaging our roadway or damaging our gutter. How are we going to go back after the homeowner? First of all, we’re not going to be fixing the apron, which is brick. What recourse do we have to repair this? I think it’s a horrible idea.”
The issue of subsequent homeowners having to agree to non-standard pavement terms with the village was also posed during the meeting. Trustee Mari Johnson said if the village is going to allow something out of the ordinary, the onus needs to be on the homeowner and the future homeowner, as well.
Approval of the amendment is subject to attorney review.