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Updated: July 17, 2014 11:10AM
Homer Glen residents who store boats or recreational vehicles on their property in violation of village ordinances have until Sept. 1 to move them, hide them with screens or landscaping, or else face tickets.
Homer Glen officials last fall found that more than 200 boats, trailers and recreational vehicles did not comply with the village’s ordinances.
Joseph Baber, the village’s chief building official, said earlier this year that the village receives about 10 complaints a year from residents about their neighbors who store boats, trailers and RVs on their property. The complaint involves either the perception that a resident’s property value is affected by their neighbor or that the boat or RV is just an eyesore, officials have said.
The village board’s public safety committee examined its ordinance regarding the storage of boats, large equipment, campers, mobile homes and recreational vehicles and recommended that its existing ordinances be enforced.
According to the ordinance, when items such as boats or RVs are stored outdoors, they must be screened by a fence or landscaping to conceal the vehicles from adjacent properties and the street. The vehicle can be parked on an approved paved surface provided that it is adequately screened. No vehicle may be stored at a height greater than the screening, and vehicles cannot weigh more than 4 tons or be taller than 90 inches.
If the owner is actively involved in maintenance or loading or unloading the vehicle, then it can be parked on a residential driveway but for no longer than 48 hours, according to the ordinance.
The village board suggested giving residents until Sept. 1 to comply with the ordinance, and plans to start an educational campaign to advertise its ordinance in its newsletter and on its website.
Residents who don’t comply after Sept. 1 can be issued a ticket for a zoning violation and have to attend adjudication court at the Village Hall, where a judge would determine a fine amount, Baber said.