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DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave.

The DeLand City Commission will meet Monday, Aug. 21, to discuss changes to the city’s rules prohibiting tattoo studios from opening Downtown and more. 

Currently, per the city’s rules, opening a tattoo studio anywhere except on DeLand’s outskirts is next to impossible. That’s because of strict requirements requiring setbacks from the road and buffers to prevent people from seeing inside. 

But a push from local tattoo artists who argued those rules are outdated and punitive is expected to lead to changes in the city’s rules. 

The DeLand Planning Board on Aug. 9 unanimously approved new guidelines that strike the setback and buffer requirements from the city’s code and allow for tattoo artists and body piercers to open studios in Downtown DeLand, something that was previously not allowed at all. 

However, members of the Planning Board recommended the City Commission change the new rules to be less restrictive than the city’s planning staff initially suggested. The Planning Board took issue with staff-suggested verbiage that would require tattoo studios to be 1,000 feet apart — potentially limiting the number of studios Downtown to three. Other rules the Planning Board didn’t love would require tattoo studios to have wide-open windows for the public to see in, but artists’ workspaces wouldn’t be allowed to be visible from the street.

Other items on the City Commission agenda include a change to the city’s land-development regulations that would eliminate a minimum acreage of 1 acre for planned unit developments or PDs in the city’s core and the re-creation of the city’s Youth Council Program.

Before the DeLand City Commission meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, the Spring Hill Community Redevelopment Agency will meet at 6 p.m., and the City Commission will have a private shade meeting to discuss ongoing litigation between the City of DeLand and GlassHouse Square, the developers who were previously under contract to develop a mixed-use project on the site of the Old Jail at 130 W. New York Ave. 

The Spring Hill CRA and the DeLand City Commission will meet in the City Commission Chambers at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. City Commission meetings are also broadcast live on the city’s website, HERE.

To see the full agenda for the Aug. 21 City Commission meeting, click HERE.

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