Aldermen will look into amending a city ordinance that requires home and business owners to pave driveways before a city permit is issued.
Union Planning and Zoning Board members Monday night agreed to recommend that the board of aldermen change the law that requires anyone filing for a permit to pave a gravel driveway.
The recommendation was sparked by a request for a building permit by Dan Dailey at Riverview Place.
Under the current ordinance, Dailey would be required to pave his driveway that connects to a private gravel driveway.
“He shouldn’t have to asphalt, or concrete, until the private drive is asphalt or concrete,” said Alderman Bob Schmuke.
Under the city’s current building code, the property could change hands and new property owners would not be required to pave the driveway until requesting a permit. The planning and zoning board developed the paving code because unpaved roads can cause damage to infrastructure.
Since the city adopted the code, officials have granted permits and have given additional time to some homeowners and businesses to have their driveways paved.
“We have really struggled with this issue,” said Mayor Mike Livengood.
In 2011, aldermen approved an ordinance that would allow for electrical permits to be granted without requiring residents to pave gravel driveways.
Livengood noted that not allowing electrical permits until more costly driveways were installed was a safety hazard.
“That put such a hardship on older people,” he said.
Livengood said requiring Dailey to pave his driveway causes an unnecessary hardship.
“It seems foolish to blacktop a driveway to go to a gravel road,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to me.”