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Room for free-standing garages in La Salle?

The La Salle city council appears ready to take up another controversy: Letting residents build free-standing garages on lots too small for new home construction.

Demes asked to have a proposal sent to the Planning Commission, a request the council approved. Whether it makes it out of the Planning Commission is another story. The proposal is to allowing construction of accessory structures on vacant lots wherein there is not a residential unit some residential zoning classes.

Demes explained he wants to give residents a means to construct “man caves” on lots deemed too small to build a new home.

“I’ve seen some unbelievable man caves (fashioned) from garages,” Demes said, adding later, “All I’m trying to do is if somebody wants to do that they could at least come to the council.”

No action was taken beyond sending it to the Planning Commission, though there were immediate objections with respect to noise and other potential nuisances, though Grove wouldn’t rule out concessions on tiny lots.

“We have options, right?” he said. “We’re flexible in La Salle.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_Court.

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