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07.12.07

Planning panel to consider tattoo parlors

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Greer residents have a chance to speak out on regulating tattoo parlors, plus a variety of rezoning requests and finalized plans for Brushy Creek Road town homes and condos.

The topics are on the agenda of the Greer Planning Commission meeting July 16.

Mayor Rick Danner said a proposed ordinance to regulate tattoo parlors addresses a gray area in the law.

A 2004 state law allows tattoo parlors, which are issued permits by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick said, “A statute or ordinance doesn’t have to be created in order for the applicant to go forward.”

However, some communities have taken the position that they need to pass an ordinance before the businesses can be allowed. Others take the position that if they don’t pass an ordinance, the parlors are allowed under state law, which does offer some regulation.

Greer’s proposed ordinance, according to the city’s Planning and Zoning coordinator Glenn Pace, would:

Restrict tattoo businesses to service and industrial zones, which are mostly near Interstate 85 along State 14, State 101 and Brockman-McClimon Road.

Restrict them to 1,000 feet from schools, churches, residential zones or establishments that sell alcohol.

Disallow body piercing.

Disallow back-lit awnings, exposed neon, window displays and building graphics.

Require buildings to be painted in subdued colors.

The tattoo regulation ordinance could come before City Council July 24.

Other items to be heard in public hearing July 16 include:

Final development plan by Greenville-based PHC Communities on a mix of 120 condos and town homes on 22 acres across from the medical park on Brushy Creek near Suber Road.

Rezone 11.5 acres on Harvey Road from multifamily to service district. Intent for the development hasn’t been filed with the Planning Commission. The developer is Gregory Hall. The property is near the J. Verne Smith Parkway and near Plex Upstate, an indoor sports complex, and Junior’s Junction Family Fun Park, both of which are in development stages.

Service district covers a wide usage range, including warehousing, auto repairs, light manufacturing, offices and recreational facilities, which are allowed by special exception.

Rezone 4.5 acres at 1619 Poplar Drive Extension from single-family residential to industrial to build a small industrial park with four or five buildings. The developer is George McLeod.

Annex and rezone to multifamily a one-half acre site at 416 Jones Ave., behind a planned apartment complex, which fronts on South Buncombe Road. Plans are to demolish the house on the property, Pace said.

Rezone from multifamily to commercial nearly one acre at 101 Northview Drive. Charlotte-based Wilfong Properties plans a retail use, according to Pace. Duplexes are currently on the property, which is off Wade Hampton Boulevard.

Rezone one-third acre beside 207 N. John St., now vacant, from residential to commercial to expand parking for offices across the street.

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