Article 9.2 - Adult Establishments

Studies have shown that adult establishments tend to have serious deleterious effects upon nearby residential areas and uses where juveniles congregate, specifically schools, religious institutions, child care centers, parks and playgrounds. Further, studies have shown that lowered property values and increased crime tend to accompany geographic concentrations of adult establishments. It is the intent of this section to establish regulations to prevent the concentration of adult establishments and to separate adult establishments from residential areas, schools, religious institutions, child care centers, parks and playgrounds.

.1 Adult establishments are permitted in the HC District subject to the requirements below:

(a) Any structure in which an adult establishment is the principal or accessory use shall be separated by a distance of at least 1000 feet from any residential or mixed use zoning district and from the following principal or accessory uses, defined as protected uses for purposes of this section: dwelling units, elementary and secondary schools, religious institutions, child care centers, parks and playgrounds.

(b) Any structure in which an adult establishment is the principal or accessory use shall be separated by a distance of at least 1000 feet from any other adult establishment.

(c) The distance of separation from residential and mixed use zoning districts and from the protected uses listed in a), above, shall be measured from the closest point of the lot occupied by an adult establishment to the nearest residential or mixed use zoning district or the property line of a protected use. The distance of separation between adult establishments shall be measured from the closest points of the lots occupied by adult establishments.

(d) No more than one adult establishment may be located within the same structure or on the same lot.

(e) In the interest of public health and safety, mini-motion picture booths shall be constructed without doors, and shall orient the customer entrance of each booth toward the principal sales counter.

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