In 2001, tattoo parlors had been banned in downtown Plano. This week, town council voted 5 – 3 to rezone the realm, permitting for 2 tattoo parlors “by proper.” Extra tattoo parlors can open downtown however want to use for a particular allow.
“It’s not unusual in any respect throughout town to permit for sure issues by proper – simply go forward and construct it, get your constructing allow and the rest that’s required,” mentioned council member Shelby Williams, who voted towards the proposal, in a YouTube clip. “However you don’t really have to rezone or go earlier than planning and zoning and metropolis council.” Requiring particular use allow, or SUP, provides one other step.
Williams’ concern was permitting two by-right tattoo parlors as a result of meaning downtown can at all times now have two tattoo outlets. “What if certainly one of them relocates?” Williams requested. “What if certainly one of them has to shutter their enterprise? After which, there’s a emptiness. After which, whoever is first to hold up their signal is the primary to get that, and anyone else who comes on their heels has to undergo the method of a SUP.” Which means there’s an additional step for the outlets that observe.
(Word that the particular use allow is tied to the placement. If a SUP is issued for a tattoo parlor and it goes out of enterprise, one other one can arrange store in the identical area with out making use of for a particular use allow.)
As Native Profile previously reported, tattoo artist Jennifer Bailey instructed the Plano Planning and Zoning Fee in February 2022 about her plans for “an upscale tattoo and everlasting cosmetics studio.” The deliberate location is in an empty area on Ok Avenue that was beforehand residence to the long-shuttered Ashes Smokes and Tattoos.
In accordance with Williams, he made a movement to amend in an effort to restrict the by-right tattoo parlors to at least one and never power Bailey and her enterprise accomplice to leap by way of extra special-permit hoops with the zoning fee. “They did a fantastic job of going round to all the opposite companies within the downtown space and different individuals in garnering assist,” mentioned Williams. “I want extra of our zoning candidates would do that.” The movement to amend was not voted on, resulting from an absence of readability amongst metropolis council members on the modification course of. Williams finally voted towards the rezoning.
A 2001 Plano ordinance banned tattoo parlors from downtown however didn’t stop shops from providing tattooing as a aspect enterprise or “accent” service.