In 2009, an ordinance passed in Rockford forcing homeowners to pave or concrete their driveway. There was a 10-year grace period given and it's about to end. Some people are ticked.

I'm not a homeowner yet but I imagine paving or concreting a gravel driveway costs at least a grand, probably more, so I can understand the frustration of some homeowners. But, playing devil's advocate, the ordinance for Rockford homeowners to do this was set in 2009 and the City gave ten years to get this done and could deliver a solid argument for saving $1,000-$2,000 over a decade.

All properties with gravel driveways and/or gravel parking lots must be paved by November 1, 2019. This ordinance was passed nearly 10 years ago to allow residents to come to compliance by November 1, 2019.

Regardless, the ordinance became a thing after the city officials presented the idea of a paved or concrete driveway adding value to homes and neighborhoods. And, after the allotted grace period, fines and penalties could be handed out to Rockford homeowners for failing to follow the ordinance. If you're planning on getting your driveway taken care of before the November deadline, don't forget to get a permit. It'll cost $45... on top of the cost of your new driveway.


JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.