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Brookhaven Planning Commission OKs adult business ordinance
by Sarah Anne Voyles
August 15, 2013 11:00 AM | 1595 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a 5-2 vote, the Brookhaven Planning Commission approved an ordinance to amend the city’s code on adult entertainment establishments.

This ordinance allows the city to regulate where adult businesses are located. Bryan Dykes, legal counsel for the city, said the ordinance provides the city with regulation to prevent any unlawful sexual activities including prostitution and sexual affairs of a casual nature. He said these regulations are based on the negative effects other cities around the country have experienced.

Pink Pony attorney Aubrey Villines spoke in opposition of the ordinance. He said it is similar to someone buying a home asking for the crime rate in Brookhaven and having it compared to the crime rate in Seattle.

Commissioners John Hess and Jack Honderd voted against the proposed amendment. Hess asked to delay any action for 60 days and Honderd agreed. Both members said they wanted more time to better understand the legal jargon in the amendment since the planning commission was given the ordinance only a few days before discussions began.

“I almost feel as though I am being used as a tool for the city’s attorneys,” Honderd said. “I am fine with not saying ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ at this time since I do not understand all the legalese.”

After the first motion to delay the ordinance failed, commission member Shannon Cameron asked for it to be approved.

“I feel strongly about this since it is coming from the city,” Cameron said. “They are asking us to pass it and I do not see us making any changes to the legalese because our attorneys wrote this. No matter what, this is going to go to the city council and we are just putting a stall method on something that is important. I think we are wasting time by deferring it.”

The city council is scheduled to vote on the ordinance Aug. 27. At this meeting, residents will be able to state their opinion on the ordinance to the council.

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