Sometimes ordinances can develop discrepancies and inaccuracies over time that go unnoticed as things are added, amended and removed.
That happened in the Warren County zoning ordinance, as personal service businesses, such as barber shops and beauty parlors, are only permitted in village districts.
There are no village districts in Warren County.
The Warren County Planning and Zoning Commission addressed the issue last Tuesday.
According to the ordinance, personal service is "any enterprise conducted for man who primarily offers services to the general public, such as: shoe repair, valet service, watch repair, barber shop, beauty parlor and related activities."
Zoning Officer Aaron Kalkbrenner said that such services would fit appropriately in business and business transitional districts.
Making that addition "clarifies it a little bit better in the district," he said.
There have been some enforcement issues in the past regarding these types of services.
For example, Famous Hair in North Warren "slipped in as a change of use in a strip mall," Kalkbrenner said. He also explained that barber shops have slipped through the regulation because they have been considered retail establishments based on the hair care products that can be purchased at such shops.
"I can't see why you would not allow personal services in a business district or a business transition," said Commission member Paul Pascuzzi in making the motion, which was approved unanimously.
The commission also recommended changing the word "man" in the definition to "person."
The change requires approval by the Warren County Commissioners.