The Pismo Beach City Council adopted a moratorium earlier this month on tattoo and massage parlors, pawn shops and other types of businesses some view as undesirable. [KSBY]
Under an urgency ordinance, Pismo Beach enacted a temporary ban on new businesses that fit into ten categories of operations. Existing Pismo Beach tattoo and massage parlors, pawn shops and other businesses that fit into the 10 categories may remain open.
Resale shops, smoke shops, check cashing stores, bail bonds businesses, gold and silver exchanges, tire sales and repair shops, and blood/plasma sale centers are also banned under the moratorium.
In three weeks, Pismo Beach’s urgency ordinance is set to expire unless the city council extends it for 10 months.
According to a Pismo Beach staff report, city officials are concerned with certain types of businesses altering the perception of the city’s downtown.
“Over-proliferation and concentration of any type of land use is a cause for concern,” the staff report states. “Having too many similar business types may begin to alter the perception of a commercial district, such as Pismo Beach’s downtown area.”
The moratorium will give Pismo Beach officials time to consider new land use regulations and possibly limit how many businesses belonging to the 10 categories open in the city in the future.
Christian Valentine, the master piercer at Tiger Rose Tattoo in Pismo Beach, said the moratorium will eliminate competition, which is good for the business. But, it seems like a good thing for a bad reason, Valentine said.