Plan commission OKs tattoo parlors for downtown

News Graphic Staff

Oct. 26, 2017

GRAFTON The village Plan Commission Tuesday approved adding tattoo and body piercing parlors to the list of conditional uses allowed in Grafton's downtown district. The decision pertained to the village's list of allowed uses in general, not a particular property or business, though the discussion was triggered by a potential business application. Two men interested in opening a tattoo parlor attended the Plan Commission meeting.

Village Planner Jessica Wolff said at the meeting they were interested in a particular property currently vacant in downtown, but further details on the location will not be available until an application is made.

Tattoo and piercing parlors were added as a conditional use, not a permitted-by-right use, so any such business will need to go through conditional permitting through the Plan Commission.

One of the men at the meeting, Frederick Meyer, spoke briefly about why he wanted to open a business in Grafton. He currently manages a tattoo parlor in West Bend, where he said they have many customers from southern Ozaukee County because there are no local options. He and his apprentice served in the military together, and would now like to go into business for themselves.