Gary Moore approached Chesterfield Town Council again last week to seek the town’s permission to open a tattoo parlor on the east end of town. The ongoing situation challenges the town’s existing zoning laws.
This time, Moore went with a room full of local people who support him and a long list of petition signatures. But the most positive response he got was yet another directive.
Chesterfield Town Councilwoman Marla Hamilton asked Moore how many of the signatures were local residents. Moore said he was not sure, but would have someone help him determine that information.
“It’s not just his situation,” Chesterfield Mayor John Douglas said. “The way the zoning laws are written, that kind of business is not included … therefore it is excluded.”
Douglas told Moore and his supporters there are three ways in which zoning laws may be changed.
“There must be a motion from a council member, a recommendation from the town’s planning committee or a request from the property owner,” Douglas said.
Douglas asked councilmembers if there was a motion to be put forth. There was not.
Moore leases the building at 609 East Blvd. Moore is not the property owner but suggested he would seek the property owner’s endorsement for the project.
“I’m not trying to wear anybody down,” said Moore. “I think that sounds rude. I just want you to judge me on the content of my character and not the tattoos on my skin.”
Moore addressed concerns and myths about tattoo parlors.
“The people who will be working for me are artists,” Moore said. “It will not be a place to get high and hang out. It’s not a bar.”
“What can I say to open your minds?” Moore asked council.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.