FARR WEST -- Resident Jimmy Ashment expressed his frustration during a recent council meeting.
The council again tabled his request for a variance that would allow him to build a freestanding garage on his property.
Ashment said that when he met with council members in May, they requested that he obtain signatures from his neighbors stating they were comfortable with his building the garage. Ashment did exactly that, but his request for a variance was again tabled.
"Why have me get all these signatures?" Ashment said.
Ashment said he could have had the garage nearly built by now if his request had been granted the first time. He said he plans to build the garage to match the rock face and stucco on his house.
City Attorney Ryan Shaw said the council could not actually grant this type of variance, because it is not an appeal authority. Planning Commissioner John Stewart said the city currently has no appeal board, but is working on having an appeal authority. Currently there is no one Ashment can appeal to on the issue.
Mayor Lee Dickemore said the last time the city had an appeal board was in 2007.
Stewart said getting the neighbors' signatures was not a waste of time and would be handy once an appeal authority is put in place by the city. He said there will be a public hearing in July regarding an appeal authority, and after that the council will be able to approve an individual to fill that role.
In the meantime, Ashment is left wondering when or if he may be able to start building his garage.
"I know you're doing what you have to do, but give me an answer," he said.