Panel urges denial of permit to relocate tattoo parlor

Republic’s request to operate waste facility placed on hold

By Gloria Lloyd

The county Planning Commission voted earlier this month on a series of developments in south county, including recommending denial of a permit to relocate a tattoo parlor.

The planning panel voted to recommend the denial of a conditional-use permit, or CUP, requested by tattoo parlor Steel and Ink Studio owner Brandie Morton.

Morton requested the permit so she can move her business to a larger space in a nearby shopping center from her current location in the Ritz Center near the corner of Lemay Ferry Road and South Lindbergh Boulevard.

After the public hearing on her request in December, the panel debated whether to recommend a new ordinance mandating that tattoo parlors be a certain distance from each other.

The panel recommended denial of Morton’s request 5-0. Members Steve Lawler of south county, Rob Forney of Kirkwood and Judith Metzger of Richmond Heights were absent from the Jan. 13 meeting.

Republic Services Inc. is requesting a CUP to operate its facility at Interstate 55 and Bayless Avenue as a waste facility rather than a recycling facility to align with its state permits. The company said the facility will remain a recycling site.

Commission Vice Chairman Bill Sneed of Oakville moved to hold a decision on the facility so that the county Department of Planning can determine how much trash Republic would be able to take in as part of the new permit. Planning staff members could also work with Republic on how to clean up their site, Sneed noted, since neighbors complained about its appearance at the public hearing.

The panel declined to revert the zoning of the 9.35-acre site of a previously approved Oakville subdivision, Peregrine Estates, from its current R-2 zoning.

If an approved subdivision is not built, the panel’s practice is usually to revert the zoning, but the site’s current owner bought it believing that it was ready to be developed with R-2 zoning and wants to build a subdivision smaller than the one previously approved.

The Department of Planning recommended that its own request for reversing zoning back to an NU Non-Urban District be denied, and the panel agreed 5-0.

The panel unanimously recommended approval of a request by developer Sack Brothers for C-8 zoning for a shopping district at Lemay Ferry Road and Southcrest Way. At the site’s public hearing in December, attorney John King said the most likely use of the site would be as a Dollar General.

The previous zoning for the site was NU Non-Urban District.

The commission also unanimously recommended granting an extension of the operating permit it has previously granted to Winter Brothers Material Company, a sand and gravel mining business on Tesson Ferry by the Meramec River. Historically, Winter Brothers has been granted operating permits in 15-year increments.

This time, the company requested a 34-year extension to match the operating permit it has from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but the Department of Planning said 15 years was long enough for the permit to be granted.