Hamden looks to revamp zoning rule for adult-oriented business that really arent – New Haven Register

Posted in Tattoo Shop on Sep 07, 2020

A tattoo artist works on a client.

A tattoo artist works on a client.

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A tattoo artist works on a client.

A tattoo artist works on a client.

Hamden looks to revamp zoning rule for adult-oriented business that really arent

HAMDEN The town is looking to amend an old zoning rule that has prohibited certain businesses from settling town, officials say. .

The Planning and Zoning Commission has proposed amending a zoning regulation that has prevented tattoo parlors, modeling studios, juice bars and rap studios in prime commercial areas because theyre classified as adult oriented businesses, according to a memo from Town Planner Dan Kops.

Section 622 of the regulations, as currently written, groups tattoo studios and those other businesses in the same category as strip clubs, adult novelty or video stores and other businesses offering adult entertainment.

Kops wrote that in the 20 years since the section initially was written, tattoos have grown enormously in popularity and are much more common.

It therefore seems highly inappropriate to limit tattoo parlors to (manufacturing) Zones, he said in the memo. It has also caused Hamden to lose potential businesses to other towns.

Earlier this year the commission and department received complaints from tattoo shop owners who wanted to open a business in Hamden.

Given the significant social changes that have occurred in the 21 years since this section was originally approved, combined with the transformation in internet access to all sorts of information and goods, including types previously provided by only establishments listed in the sections, Section 622 seems terribly antiquated, Kops wrote of the proposed change.

Changes proposed in the amendment also would remove reference to male or female impersonators as a type of adult cabaret that currently are grouped with exotic dancers, strippers and other entertainment from which minors are excluded.

The regulations would be amended to include tattoo parlors under Section 830: Service Establishment, Personal and Business, in the same category as nail and hair salons.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet on Zoom Sept. 8 to vote on the matter.

mdignan@hearstmediact.com

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