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Intimate apparel shop rules proposed

Published: Wed, February 19, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



The Austintown Township Zoning Commission will have a public hearing Thursday on a proposal to regulate intimate-apparel shops and donation drop-off boxes.

The hearing will be at 6 p.m. in the township hall, 82 Ohltown Road.

The proposal was approved Tuesday by the Mahoning County Planning Commission after it was presented to the commission by Darren L. Crivelli, township zoning inspector.

The proposal would require an intimate-apparel shop to get a conditional-use permit from the township board of zoning appeals to be located in a business B-2 zoning district.

An intimate-apparel shop is defined as a retail store specializing in the sale of intimate apparel, including sexually explicit merchandise and adult toys and novelty items “designed to appeal to erotic or sexual appetites.”

Crivelli said he has received several inquiries about rules for locating such businesses in the township, but he does not believe the township now has any.

He added, however, that he wants to create an environment, in which a mother and young child entering such a store “wouldn’t be embarrassed.”

The zoning appeals board could ask such shops to have a “back room” for the more “exotic” or “adult” merchandise or a minimum age for customers, he suggested. “It’ll give the board of appeals some flexibility,” Crivelli said of the permit proposal.

Under the proposal, donation boxes would require authorization from the owner of the land where they’re located and a zoning permit, and the landowner would be responsible for ensuring that they remain litter-free.

“You see them up and down Mahoning Avenue and on [state] Route 46. Our trustees are receiving a lot of complaints. These things are just placed haphazardly,” Crivelli told the planning commission. “It seems like sometimes these become dump sites.”

The boxes would have to be set back at least 60 feet from the road and could not be in fire lanes, drive aisles or loading zones. They also would not be allowed to obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

The planning commission also approved a proposal from Boardman to rezone 202 lots in an area bounded by the Youngstown city limits, Southern Boulevard, Erie Street and Grover and Clifton drives from R-2, which would allow up to six-plexes, to R-1, single-family residential.

Sarah Gartland, Boardman Township zoning inspector, said the goal of the change would be to maintain the neighborhood’s single-family residential character. The township is in the process of making this zoning change on more than 1,000 of its lots.

The Austintown and Boardman proposals are subject to final approval by their respective township trustees.


1questionreality(736 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Donation boxes are tantamount to storage sheds and should be treated as such.

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2billdog1(5940 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Crivelli said, "He wants to create an environment, in which a mother and young child entering such a store “wouldn’t be embarrassed.” I don't think a mother that would be going into such a place would be worried about being embarrassed in the first place.

These collection containers have just gotten out of hand. It seems like they are everywhere. Maybe limiting how close one can be to another would be more appropriate.

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3mouse(112 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The best thing to do about intimate apparel shops is to tell them to go to China. I thought that was where all of our jobs went to.....sounds good to me.....

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4questionreality(736 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Poland has not allowed the boxes since 2006. You would think Planning would try to be consistent across the county. It demeans the currency of the word "planning!"

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5YtownParent(1069 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Crivelli is right in stating that "It seems like sometimes they become dump sites." No one is accountable for emptying the boxes and when coupled with the ignorance of some people who do use the boxes as dumpsters, they become a mess. Not to mention prime real estate for rodents and raccoons. Between the Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Good Will, I don't think we need the boxes at all.

As for any mother being embarrassed to walk into an intimate apparel shop with her kid, what mother would take her kid into such as shop with her?

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