Thursday, March 3, 2011

Planners To Re-Visit B & B Questions

The Cookeville Planning Commission will be meeting once again at the end of the month to continue their study of a request to allow bed and breakfast establishments in residential neighborhoods. Right now, such businesses are restricted to commercial zones or those that are zoned for mulit-family developments. At their meeting in February, city planners recommended that the commission consider a half-dozen additional restrictions if zones for bed and breakfasts are extended to residential areas. They say the restrictions are needed to protect surrounding property owners. City planner James Mills says that there are no bed and breakfasts located in the city at this time, and says the planning department has received very few inquiries about such businesses in recent years. The current discussion came up after businessman Bobby Williams made an informal request for the city to look into the issue.