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Strip clubs, XXX theaters?

Nevada County planners want to clamp down on all things sleazy, salacious and overly sexy.

A moratorium on adult businesses – which include strip clubs, X-rated movie theaters, bookstores specializing in pornography and rent-by-the-hour motels – is up for review at the county board of supervisors meeting 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City.

No adult businesses are currently applying to set up shop in the unincorporated areas of the county, according to Senior Planner Tyler Barrington. But the moratorium will help close a loophole in county code, which does not clearly define or regulate adult businesses.



“Many counties put these kinds of ordinances in place in the early 1990s,” Barrington said. “It hasn’t been a big issue (in Nevada County) yet.”

The county has received some casual inquiries into adult business regulations over the past year or two, which pushed them to move forward creating rules, Barrington said.




Studies indicate adult businesses can have a negative effect on property values and can contribute to increased crime.

The Constitution’s First Amendment gives some protections to adult businesses, but cities and counties can specify restrictions on their locations. Some cities prohibit them near schools or parks, where children gather.

If supervisors pass the moratorium, called an “interim urgency ordinance,” adult businesses will be banned for 45 days. Supervisors can extend the moratorium up to two years.

The urgency ordinance buys county planners time to draft a permanent ordinance governing adult businesses. A public hearing must be scheduled before a permanent ordinance is adopted.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.


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