Should Tattoo Shops be Banned in St. Peters?
One resident has suggested the city consider banning them, or create more restrictions limiting where tattoo parlors can locate.
A St. Peters resident is speaking out about a proposal for a tattoo parlor in the Dollar Tree Plaza off of Grand Teton Drive and has asked the board to consider banning them in the city.
The Board of Aldermen is expected on Thursday to consider an amendment to a Planned Urban Development to permit Pandora Ink, a tattoo establishment, to locate in the plaza. Six months ago the board considered the request but failed to approve the establishment on a 4-2 vote. A special use permit needs at least five favorable votes to pass.
Susan Musler, who lives on Kimberly Lane, said she opposed the tattoo parlor six months ago and was disappointed to learn that the business owner could apply again.
St. Peters allows tattoo parlors in areas zoned C-3 general commercial and 1-2 heavy industrial but requires owners to apply for a special use permit from the board.
"I feel and some other residents feel that it's time to make some permanent changes," she said at the Feb. 14 Board of Aldermen meeting. "I'm asking why St. Peters is even considering this type of business? I think the city of St. Peters should either adopt an ordinance against them or restrictions similar to those of city of O'Fallon."
O'Fallon restricts tattoo parlors from locating within 2,500 feet of one another, and from being within 1,000 feet of residentially zoned properties, state licensed daycare facilities, churches, schools and recreational facilities.
The City of St. Charles prohibits tattoo parlors within the city limits. Last year the St. Charles City Council voted down a proposal to allow them with a special use permit in the C2 business district, but at least 300 feet from residential homes.
Both St. Charles County and Wentzville allow tattoo parlors and piercing establishments.
Lucky Sinakhom, a tattoo shop proprietor in unincorporated St. Charles County, spoke out at that time, saying that tattoos have gone mainstream and the clientele for tattoo shops has changed over the years.
“We want a 50-year-old woman whose kid just graduated high school who wants to come in and be comfortable here,” he said.