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Batavia officials look to ban new tattoo parlors from downtown

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:52 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – New tattoo parlors would not be able to open in the city’s downtown if aldermen next week approve changes to Batavia’s zoning code.

Aldermen at a joint committee meeting Monday unanimously recommended removing tattoo parlors and piercing studios from the list of uses allowed in the downtown mixed-use district. The full City Council will vote on the issue at its meeting Monday.

The change would not affect the two tattoo parlors currently in the downtown, which would be grandfathered as a noncomforming use. Fallen Star Tattoo is located on South Batavia Avenue, and Twizted Images recently moved from South Washington Street to East Wilson Street.

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said he was in favor of not permitting new tattoo parlors in the downtown.

“We need to have a fairly tight control over things like that,” Schielke said.

The city’s zoning code would continue to permit tattoo parlors elsewhere in the city, in both the community commercial and mixed-use zoning districts. Tattoo parlors are defined as those that apply permanent tattoos and not cosmetic tattoos.

The Batavia Plan Commission previously voted, 5-1, to recommend removing tattoo parlors and piercing studios from the list of uses allowed in the downtown mixed-use district.

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