It has been two years since a South Jackson man first tried to open a small used car lot, but the issue still has not been resolved because of code violations at the site.
The project has also cost more than $12,000 in engineering fees. The county first paid the fees, but was reimbursed about the time the matter hit the media.
The issue has embroiled county government officials into a controversy over allegations of political meddling and favoritism. Thursday night, the matter will go to the Board of Adjustment for a second hearing. That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the Administrative Building in Jefferson.
David Archer needs a business license to operate his car lot, but the county won’t issue it until some buffer and landscaping violations at the site are addressed. Archer appeared before the Jackson County Board of Adjustments last month to ask for variances to allow the used car lot to open at 129 Harrison Johnson Way. A building, fence and parking lot are already in place on the property. The problem, however, is that they do not meet all of the county requirements for a commercial development.
(For the complete story on the Archer controversy, see the April 1 edition of The Jackson Herald.)