LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The monthly meeting for the LaFollette Regional Planning Commission was held Wednesday afternoon at city hall.

There was a brief discussion about billboards inside the LaFollette City limits. Mayor Cliff Jennings said he had discussed the topic with City Administrator Stan Foust. Commission Member Lynn Letner wanted to know who exactly has the regulatory power over billboards. With Foust not able to attend, the commission decided to table the matter until a time that Foust could attend so that more information was available.

A subdivision of lots at the intersection of West Beech and South 17th Streets was next on the agenda. It was stated that the lots were nonconforming and the structures were built prior to zoning regulations. Foust had previously recommended approval on the matter. The motion was approved. This property was also on the agenda for a variance request. The request was for a lot size reduction from 7,500 square feet to 6,000 square feet for one of the now two lots. That motion was also approved.

The commission revisited a topic from last year about sidewalks on Depot Street near a building owned by Hank Hamblin. Hamblin was in attendance with a couple of questions for the commission. Hamblin had appeared before the board in 2023 regarding sidewalk improvements. Hamblin was under the impression that if he provided materials that the city was to provide the labor. Jennings spoke up saying that the city does not do entrances. He stated that “You (Hamblin) put entrances in. Then if sidewalks need changing, we (the city) would do that.” However, Hamblin says that was not what was agreed to at the last meeting and that he has video evidence to back him up. Planning Commission Chairwoman Stephanie Solomon asked that Hamblin give them time to find the meeting minutes and recording to review what was said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/28/2024-6AM)