Yesterday, the LaFollette Board of Zoning Appeals tabled a variance request at the monthly meeting of the City of La Follette Regional Planning Commission. The request was to allow Robert Marlow to put a prefab home at 405 East Beech Street. The prefab home is 14 ft x 40 ft with a four-foot front porch and a back deck. Board members had concerns about the request due to an ordinance from 1986 that stopped single wide mobile homes from being placed in the city. Codes Officer Daniel Smith had spoken prior to the meeting with City Attorney Reid Troutman who said that the prefab home falls under the category of mobile home. Sherry Shope requested the item be tabled until the next meeting so they can research the issue further.

Another item that was tabled until next month was another variance request for property in the C-1 central business district at 170 North Tennessee Avenue. Concern for the stability of the building’s brick was discussed by Smith, who requested the property owner brace the structure until next month when the board will discuss the variance again.

Donnie Byrge received a variance for his property located at 303 South 12th Street.  He will use the property for storage units.

Ken Castleberry presented a site plan review for his property on Jacksboro Pike, behind Associates in Eye Care, to the planning commission. Castleberry plans to build storage units on the one-acre property. A plat of correction was presented for 173 Weirwoods Drive.

Melvin Brandenburg requested that two lots be combined into one on Dogwood Lane in the Wier Woods Subdivision.

Habitat for Humanity requested property at the corner of South Cumberland and East Fir Street be divided into three separate lots. The commission approved the property be divided into two separate lots. The property could not be divided into three separate lots due to square footage requirements. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/25/2018-6AM)