Discuss future for multi-unit regulations, public access to CRPC information

Last updated: July 26. 2014 6:00PM - 217 Views
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The July Claiborne Regional Planning Commission (CRPC) meeting netted a vote for the new fiscal year officers and discussion topics including the likelihood the multi-unit/manufactured home park regulations will survive the next draft.

Apparently, those commissioners present during the meeting are satisfied with the status quo. Commission chairman Jerry Brooks and Ann Bowling, vice-chairperson, were unanimously reelected for another term.

Rodney Fugate, who took over the reins of former secretary Lee Brame mid-term, was given a solid ‘thumbs up’ by the other commissioners.

The future of the multi-unit regulations is less solid, however. The board will likely decide during its next held meeting the fate of the beleaguered document, which came under fire a few months ago when its existence became public knowledge.

Currently, the county planners have no established regulations to hold those developers of manufactured home parks and other multi-unit developments accountable for shoddy work.

Commissioner Roger Poore said he was “all for” having some type of minimum standards above what the state requires.

“We don’t want to do anything outside of what they’re (the state) doing. But, the state doesn’t say you have to have a 24 ft. road. As far as the state goes, you can stack them (mobile homes) in,” said Poore.

Commissioner Gary Estes said the state requires minimum health department, utility and safety standards be met prior to any installation of a manufactured home.

“If they get any utilities, they have to go by the state codes. They cannot get the electric, or septic or anything done,” said Estes.

“What you’re talking about is putting one home on one lot,” said Poore, adding he hoped the commissioners could “all come together” over the issue.

In other action, the commission is currently discussing the feasibility of placing certain documents, including subdivision regulations and meeting minutes, on possibly the county website for public access.

In that way, anyone desiring to come before the board to get a plat approved or some other piece of business will have a way to review requirements prior to meeting with the board, said Brooks.

The next CRPC monthly meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 5. The meetings are held inside the Claiborne Chamber of Commerce office in Tazewell.

Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222. Follow the Claiborne Progress on Twitter @ClaibProgressTN.

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