R’boro board amends ordinance to allow for tattoo parlor

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

January 16, 2014

A new business — a tattoo parlor — could soon find a home in Roseboro. Following a recommendation from the town’s planning board, commissioners unanimously approved a text amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance Tuesday night, the second step in a process that could lead to a tattooing business being established in the central business district.

Stacy Ray Brock Jr., currently of Fayetteville, submitted a request for the amendment to the town in early December. The Roseboro Planning Board, along with Brock and zoning officer Faye Lewis, met earlier this month to discuss the request.

According to Brock’s text amendment application and the minutes from the planning board’s Jan.7 meeting, Brock is licensed by the Sampson County Health Department to practice tattooing and his proposed business would be subject to annual inspections. If the amendment and the eventual needed permit are approved, he hopes to open the business on N. West Street near the intersection of W. Roseboro Street and the location of the town’s old post office. He plans to operate the business Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.

Following some discussion, planning board member Keith Owen recommended a conditional use listing which will limit other such businesses in the same district. Owens’ recommendation was followed by a motion from fellow planning board member Oscar Williams to recommend to the town board the approval of Brock’s proposed business as a conditional use in the central business district. With Owens offering the needed second, the motion carried with a unanimous vote.

In Tuesday night’s public hearing, Lewis relayed to town commissioners the planning board’s recommendation. Before discussion amongst the commissioners began, Commissioner Roland Hall recused himself from the vote, citing a financial interest in the matter; town clerk Nancy Lindsay later confirmed that Hall owns the building where the tattoo parlor would be located.

In attendance, Brock addressed the town board, sharing with them that he “grew up around here” and felt it was “time to come back home.”

“I would like to open a business in town,” he said, adding that he has been practicing the art of tattooing for a few years. He reiterated that his tattoo parlor would be regulated by the county Health Department and would serve only those 18 years old and older.

Commissioner Anthony Bennett made a motion to approve the amendment to the zoning ordinance as requested by Brock. The amendment was approved unanimously by himself, Commissioner Alice Butler and Commissioner Richard Barefoot.

Lindsay shared Thursday that a request from Brock for a conditional use permit for his business is expected to come before the town board in February.

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