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Floyd County

March 18, 2009

Districts for adult businesses to be decided at New Albany City Council meeting

Final votes on McCartin development along Charlestown Road scheduled

The New Albany City Council will specify the districts where adult-oriented businesses can exist during its Thursday meeting.

The zoning — given a favorable recommendation by the plan commission on Tuesday — is based on studies and documented evidence that sexually-oriented businesses are inappropriate for certain locations.

Crime, blight, litter and other adverse impacts are given as reasons in the ordinance as to why adult businesses should be regulated to a specific district in New Albany.

“We have identified locations in the city of New Albany where they are permitted by right,” Chief Planner Scott Wood said.

Sexually-oriented businesses include adult bookstores, video stores, cabarets, theaters and device shops. The Rustic Frog — located at 1720 Old River Road — would not have to change locations, according to Wood. He added that the ordinance should provide the city a safety net for enforcement.

“I think I have the authority to regulate [adult businesses] under zoning right now, but what we’re doing is making sure that we’re explicit in our regulations both of adult book stores and similar types of businesses and live entertainment,” he said.

Earlier this month, the council unanimously passed an ordinance restricting the operational aspects of adult businesses. A full copy of where the adult districts are can be found in the city’s planning office.

Charlestown PUDD decision

The decisive second and third votes will be taken for a planned unit development district request for a piece of property along Charlestown Road near Lafayette Drive.

Gary McCartin proposed to develop a little more than an acre of land there for a Wendy’s restaurant. The council voted against the proposal by a 5-4 count on first reading.

McCartin said recently the decision didn’t make sense to him. He feels the state’s addition of traffic lanes along the Charlestown corridor is proof the area is meant for development.

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