Museum of Appalachia visitors might soon be getting a place to stay overnight right next to the museum.
Norris City Council members Monday night unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance to rezone about 17.5 acres adjacent to the museum for commercial use (C2), which city officials have said would accommodate construction of an RV park/campground on the property.
That property, along with the land upon which the museum sits, is now zoned S1 (Scenic), which would not allow the RV park. The acreage is between the museum and Scruggs Cemetery Lane, behind a stone wall, on land the museum has used for overflow parking during special events. It sits back from Andersonville Highway, and the RV park would be accessed only through the museum’s entrance road.
Although there was no mention specifically during the meeting of the RV park, and no plan has yet been submitted to the city for approval, city officials have been told that the founding family of the museum wants to use the two tracts they own connecting to the museum property for the park and campground, which could include cabins.