The Princeton City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance amending the land use planning code to allow a body art services business to operate in the city’s Arts District.
Depending on the city’s land use code, body art services may include body piercing, tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, branding, and scarification. This does not include practices considered medical procedures by the Illinois Medical Board.
This issue was first brought before the city’s zoning board a few months ago by local entrepreneurs seeking to use a location in the district for a new business to be located at 905 N. Main St.
“They wanted to be located in the Arts District because of the artistic nature of this craft and they also wanted to provide gallery space for other local artists who wanted to have a place to display art,” said City Clerk Peter Nelson.
Nelson also mentioned that business owners looked at other properties throughout the city and determined that the downtown location was the best fit for them.
The business owners have petitioned the planning commission, along with their potential landlord, to change the land use planning code to allow their business activity.
Throughout the process, nearby businesses and building owners were made aware of the possibility of new businesses in the area.
“There’s been a lot of talk about it,” Nelson said. “The planning commission, at the last meeting, voted unanimously to recommend that council allow body art services into the area provided this is done by special use permit.”
Due to a delay in the zoning committee’s decision, council approved suspending a second reading of the ordinance to allow the entire process to be expedited. Nelson added that it was discussed during two meetings of the public planning commission.
With the passage of the land use planning code amendment on Monday, the business owner’s next step will be to formally apply for a special use permit under the newly amended agreement.