patio plans- zoning laws

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Allen Gaitenby

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Patio plans land family in zoning controversyBy Hank Beckman For The Sun September 22 2011 304PMMost of the time lifes rules make sense and have a clearly defined purposeBut John and Tammy Perkins came up against a zoning requirement that had members of the Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission struggling to explain the issueThe Perkins applied for a zoning variance to build an enclosed attached patio in the backyard of their home at 2443 Warm Springs Lane Their plans were meticulous and it not only had their neighbors approval but some of them even showed up at Wednesdays meeting to lend supportBut there was one detail they didnt count on being attached to their home meant the patio would be in violation of the zoning setback requirementsThe fact that its detached for the home is the reason they applied for the variance Community Planner Suzanne Thorsen told the commissioners while recommending the variance request not be approvedThe proposed patio would encroach 16 feet into the required 30foot setback But if the patio were to be constructed as a nonattached structure it would have satisfied city code even if only six inches from the houseStaffs recommendation said the proposal did not meet the standards for a
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