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SC logo squareBy Eric Heinz

At its Aug. 5 meeting, the San Clemente Planning Commission discussed the state’s new laws regarding massage parlor compliance and certification. In recent years, the state had been more lenient on compliance enforcement with massage establishments, but according to a report in commission documents, violations from many parlors led the state Senate to pass more regulation.

“Due to the changes required by the Senate bill, the city and other municipalities in the state experienced a number of illicit activities at massage establishments,” the agenda report stated. “The inability of local jurisdictions to effectively regulate the proliferation of massage establishments led to the passage of (another senate bill).”

A component of the zoning amendment to the city’s code would require massage parlors to obtain a conditional use permit or a minor conditional use permit. Also, zoning would be changed to where the massage establishments can operate within the city, if not already established.

The commission passed the zoning changes for massage establishments, which will be heard by the City Council at a future meeting.

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