Monday January 12, 2004
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
The Louisville Metro Council’s task force on adult entertainment has introduced its first piece of legislation to change the way the community regulates adult entertainment.
The resolution, which was filed Tuesday, asks the Planning Commission to research the issue of amending the Land Development Code so new adult entertainment establishments could only locate in areas zoned M-3 Industrial.
“This is a strong bipartisan effort to make our community safer and improve our quality of life,” said Councilman Hal Heiner, R-District 19. “Changing the zoning code has been successful in other communities and upheld in the courts.”
The Council’s task force members are Heiner; Bob Henderson, D-14; Julie Raque Adams, R-18; and Madonna Flood, D-24. They have been meeting since July to work on comprehensive legislation to strengthen regulation of these businesses. Additional ordinances to regulate adult entertainment will be introduced later this month.
Currently, the zoning code allows adult entertainment businesses in C-2, C-3 and C-M zones. Changing the zoning to M-3 creates an automatic, additional buffer between adult entertainment businesses and residential areas.”
“This move will enable us to accomplish the one thing I think we all agree is paramount in this issue: keeping adult entertainment establishments out of residential areas,” Flood said.
The task force has been meeting with representatives from the County Attorney’s office and a national legal expert to craft legislation that will protect the community and also withstand any court challenge.
“Studies show that these businesses cause an increase in crime, especially violence against women, and a drop in property values,” Adams said. “We believe that adult entertainment establishments should be restricted to industrial areas that are far from residential sites and locations that are used by families and children.”
The resolution was introduced at Thursday’s council meeting and referred to the Planning & Zoning Committee. If the Council passes the resolution, the Planning Commission will be asked to research the issue, hold a public hearing and report back to the Council within 30 days.
“Courts have universally upheld that communities can protect themselves from negative secondary affects of sexually oriented businesses,” Henderson said. “We will continue to explore and use all legislative tools at our disposal to ensure that we do just that.”
Julie Raque Adams (R) 18
Madonna Flood (D) 24
Hal Heiner (R) 19
Robert Henderson (D) 14