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Planning board can't decide on tattoo parlor site
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The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission could not agree to approve or disapprove a request for an exception to allow a tattoo studio in an area zoned residential Tuesday during a regular meeting.
A motion to approve the exception in the McIntosh community failed, as did a motion to deny the request.
The request will go before the Liberty County Commission Nov. 5 without a recommendation from the LCPC.
Recommendations by the LCPC are later considered by the commission or city councils depending on where the applicants are.
Joey Patenaude, LCPC zoning analyst, presented the exception request and told planning commissioners that staff had recommended disapproval. The recommendation for disapproval was based on the code, which requires that a tattoo studio be at least 1,500 feet from residentially zoned properties, Patenaude said.
Planning commissioners discussed the proposed location, commenting that several businesses had opened and closed there, including a carpet store, bakery and gym. The property owner said he bought the building after it went into foreclosure and was remodeling it.
Patenaude said a massage therapy business had previously been approved for an exception in the Highway 84 area.
The LCPC did approve a proposed Hinesville RV ordinance. The document would likely go before the Hinesville City Council on Nov. 7, LCPC zoning administrator Gabriele Hartage said.
Last month, city leaders approved a special permit request by the owner of Happy Acres to convert 34 manufactured-home lots into recreational-vehicle lots, contingent on the LCPC and the city’s approval of the new RV ordinance. The Courier previously reported the 14-acre mobile-home park would use about 3 acres for RVs, which would have to include full bathrooms since none would be provided by the park.
The LCPC also recommended approval of a variance request to allow homeowner Barry Tice to build a shed within the 10-foot side and rear yard setbacks on his Island Drive property. Tice said his neighbors had no problem with his building a shed, as long as it did not impede view of the lake.
The planning commission also recommended approval of a rezoning petition, to rezone 2.89 acres from R-2 to C-3. Conditions for approval included establishing an easement agreement for an off-site stormwater retention area.
LCPC executive director Jeff Ricketson briefed planning commissioners on city and county leaders’ final decisions based on the commission’s recommendations made during a LCPC meeting last month.

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