Woodstock acts on Ridgewalk, massage moratoriums

The Woodstock City Council has acted to extend moratoriums on Ridgewalk Parkway development, and on issuing new massage-related licenses, to give the city time to update ordinances concerning the two issues.

The council approved on second reading an ordinance extending the Ridgewalk moratorium from Oct. 16 to Jan. 31, 2019. The measure bars applications for public hearings, site plan reviews or building permits, with some exceptions, as the city completes revisions to the Land Development Ordinance.

Separately, the council had first reading of an extension, through Dec. 20, of a moratorium barring new licenses for massage or bodywork therapists or establishments or related work permits, with some exceptions.

The measure refers to four instances of massage parlors cited for ordinance violations since the beginning of 2016, as well as “violations of a lascivious nature,” with men and women “suspiciously exiting the premises hurriedly, as code and law enforcement have arrived to conduct compliance inspections.”

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