’ August meeting of the Planning and Zoning committee was heavy on the tattoo ink.
Two of the items on the agenda for the Aug. 1 meeting dealt with new tattoo shops wanting to open up in St. Peters. The commission welcomed both.
First up was Robert Bayer, who requested a special use permit to open up a shop located on the west side of Spencer Road, north side of Executive Centre Parkway more commonly known as 94 Spencer Road. The store will be near the Costco and the future Menards.
Bayer explained that his business would be open from noon until 9 p.m. at the latest. During the review, it was mentioned that his request wouldn't allow him to pierce ears or sell earrings. The commissions thought about amending the request to allow Bayer to do that, but he declined. He said that people who normally get earrings are kids, and he doesn't want any kids in the store.
The commission approved the finding of facts and the Board of Aldermen will vote on the permit at the Aug. 23 meeting.
Following Bayer was Pandora Ink. Hoping to be located at on the north side of Mexico Road, east side of Grand Teton Drive in the Plaza, Pandora Ink was seeking an amendment to a Planned Urban Development (PUD) to permit a tattoo establishment.
Pandora gave what chairman Keith McNames said was one of the most thorough and detailed presentations in recent memory. Pandora said it will be employed with medical professionals and will be one of the safest places possible to get a tattoo. Pandora said it has strict rules, strict aftercare and that it does everything the safest and right way.
Several residents who live nearby wondered what kind of customers the shop would attract and if a tattoo shop would drive down property values. Pandora said the customers would be quiet and that they weren't looking for clients who would cause problems.
The commission agreed to recommend an approval by the board at the Aug. 23 meeting.
- Two home occupation requests were approved.
- Spirit Halloween had two temporary use permits to open up Halloween stores around St. Peters. The stores will be located at on the south side of Sue Mandy Drive, east of Mid Rivers Mall Drive (former JoAnn Fabrics) and on the south side of South St. Peters Parkway, east of Harvester Road (former Ace Hardware/Harvester Square).
- Brands Resale & Retail had its request for a Special Use Permit in the C-3 General Commercial District for the sale of used merchandise approved by the commission. The board will vote on it at Aug. 23 meeting.