Grayslake officials wrestle with licensed home massages
BY ED COLLINS Special to Sun-Times Media January 23, 2014 7:14PM
Village of Grayslake zoning officials are puzzled over allowing licensed massage therapists to perform massages in residential dwellings. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: February 25, 2014 6:15AM
GRAYSLAKE — Zoning officials are puzzled over allowing licensed massage therapists to perform massages in residential dwellings.
The issue came up at a Committee of the Whole session Tuesday night, Jan. 21, when Village trustees considered a report from their Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals after the Zoning Board presented a lengthy list of new massage establishment zoning recommendations in preparation for updating their municipal ordinance.
A six-month zoning moratorium is now in effect until Jan. 31, but the Village Board extended this for another month so both the Zoning and Village boards can complete their update on massage criteria.
The Zoning Board has held three meetings on the subject, Trustee Shawn Vogel told fellow trustees and has come up with an extensive list of things they want and don’t want in a revised ordinance. One of these criteria stipulates that licensed massage facilities should not be located in residential zones.
However, Trustee Ron Jarvis disputed this. He indicated that at one point in his life he was a licensed professional masseur and he found home visits to clients were useful, particularly for the disabled and homebound. He said they were also popular with practitioners who saved office overhead.
Also, in recognition that there are a few notorious practitioners, he said, “We shouldn’t limit the intentions of our good practitioners because of a few bad apples.”
Mayor Rhett Taylor decided to split the issue, calling for a vote on recommendations made by the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals. They were readily approved.
But in deference to Trustee Jarvis’ request to include licensed massages in private homes, contrary to the Zoning Board’s beliefs, he suggested referring the matter back to them for further study.