LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Thursday afternoon was the LaFollette Regional Planning Commission meeting at city hall. There were just a couple of items on the agenda.

First, an industrial site hydrology report was reapproved after the ownership of the land occurred.

Next, a potential Air BnB was tabled due to the owner not showing or sending representation.

Last, Mr. McCall was requesting a variance on his property. McCall lives on East Hemlock Street and is looking to sell. However, his double wide is, unbeknownst to him, not up to code. The City of LaFollette has a code that basically states the front door of the house must be facing the street. McCall’s does not. His house sits sideways on his lot with no door facing the street. He obtained a county building permit but no city permit. He states that he talked to a former codes officer and was not informed that a city permit was needed. Now McCall faces problems with realty firms due to his house “non-conforming” to city codes. There was a long debate among members. The board decided that McCall could shorten the length of his back porch by three feet to meet codes on property lines and to put in a door at the end of his structure with a porch to have it “street facing.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/27/2021-6AM)