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04.16.07

Panel prefers its piercing, tattoos on Randall Road

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If a tattoo or body piercing parlor was to come to Geneva, it likely would be located on Randall Road instead of downtown.

The Geneva plan commission voted 6-1 Thursday in favor of changing the city’s zoning laws to allow the establishments in the B-5 business district, which is along Randall Road.

If a parlor was proposed, the owner would have to obtain a special use permit, which, in a nutshell, gives the city more control over its hours and can be denied if it is harmful to the surrounding area.

Many of the large shopping malls along Randall also are designated as special development districts. If a parlor were proposed there, the owner would have to persuade the city to change the special district.

The measure will next move to the city council for a full vote. The earliest it could go to the council is May 7.

Earlier this year, someone approached the city informally about opening a tattoo parlor. When city staff members reviewed their laws, they couldn’t find parlors in the books, meaning its use was forbidden.

This prompted a review by staff, which recommended the B-2 district — the downtown area but not Third Street. The rationale was that the parlors didn’t need much space and were better suited for an “urban environment.”

But plan commission members decided the downtown area could be too close to some residential uses. They also concluded, after getting advice from attorney John Noble, that it was better to have a spot in place now instead of an across the board prohibition, which could leave the city vulnerable to a lawsuit.

“We’re best to have a location over not having a location,” said Jay Moffat, commission member.

Commissioner Christopher Bielat agreed that Randall was better than State Street for a parlor.

“That way that use would be concentrated in a heavily retail district as opposed to a district that could be considered a historical area,” he said.

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