Gurnee tells homeowner to lose hot tub, gazebo
BY ED COLLINS For Sun-Times Media December 18, 2013 7:30PM
Updated: February 19, 2014 4:21AM
GURNEE — A homeowner who failed to obtain two building permits before constructing a gazebo and a hot tub has now been ordered by the Village Board to tear them down because they violate the zoning ordinance by encroaching upon a side yard setback requirement.
Anthony Prust, 4419 Washington St., appeared before the Village Board Monday night, Dec. 16, seeking a variance to allow an interior side yard setback encroachment of an existing patio, gazebo and hot tub.
The structures exceeded the R-2 single-family residence zoning requirements by 9.22-feet for the patio encroachment, 13.22-feet for the gazebo, and 12.05 for the hot tub. An inspector from the Village’s Community Development Department caught the errors recently.
Prust purchased the property in 2002. The previous owner already built the patio when he purchased the property. However, Prust was the one who installed the gazebo and hot tub on the existing patio as he believed it was an ideal location and had access to the nearest electrical box and meter located on the east wall of the house.
Upon deliberation, the Board excused Prust of any blame involving the patio encroachment since it occurred before he took possession of the house. However, they held him responsible for unauthorized building of the gazebo and hot tub without holding a valid building permit and violating municipal zoning setback requirements.
Both the hot tub and gazebo must be disassembled.