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Sugar Grove Village Board discusses proposal for tattoo and body piercing studio

SUGAR GROVE – A request for an amendment to the planned unit development for the Landings lots was discussed at the Sugar Grove Village Board meeting Jan. 9.

Applicant Param Vijay had a vacant lot, located at 522 North Sugar Grove Parkway, Sugar Grove, for a potential tenant. He submitted an application to propose having a tattoo and body piercing studio in the vacant lot.

Vijay was not present at the board meeting to discuss the application.

Community Development Director Walter Magdziarz presented to the board the applicant’s desire to have a tattoo and body piercing studio in the vacant lot. An amendment to the PUD would be required to allow for a tattoo parlor to fill the vacant lot in the Landings.

“The PUD has a more restrictive usage list than the underlying zoning district,” Magdziarz said. “We can’t figure out why it was restricted. There were other uses excluded as well. The previous applicant excluded those items.”

Several Village Board trustees mentioned how they thought it wasn’t a good idea to approve a request that didn’t fit with the PUD.

Village Board trustee Heidi Lendi was one of the village board trustees who spoke out about the potential amendment to the PUD.

“PUDs have a restriction for a reason,” Lendi said. “I think we should abide by that. We shouldn’t approve that. That was the original thought. I don’t think it is the best place for a tattoo parlor.”

A couple of other board members and the village president mentioned their concern over the proposal.

“I don’t believe the proposed use is in the best interest of the retail space,” Village Board trustee Ted Koch said. “I wouldn’t be in favor of it.”

Village President Sean Michels voiced a similar position to Lendi and Koch on a tattoo parlor filling the vacant lot.

“I tend to agree too, because it’s not the particular spot,” Michels said. “As a point of reference, the Landings did include the office spot behind it where [Northwestern Medicine Internal Medicine and Pediatrics] is, and even there, I wouldn’t want to have this where our commercial district and office space are located.”

Magdziarz will present an ordinance to the Village Board on Jan. 23 for the board to vote. The board requested Magziarz find out if there are a certain number of votes required to override the Planning Commission Board’s decision on the proposal for the tattoo and body piercing studio.

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