The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:58 pm

City proposing stricter limits on sexually oriented businesses

Rosa Salter Rodriguez | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne is proposing stricter limits than Allen County on where sexually oriented businesses can locate.

The city's proposed changes to its zoning ordinance will be discussed next month at the Fort Wayne Plan Commission's public hearing.

Last week, City Council voted against banning businesses that allow patrons to view or engage in live sex acts -- an action aimed at so-called swinger's clubs. Council also voted to license and regulate some activities inside strip clubs.

Now the city proposes banning sexually oriented businesses closer than 500 feet to any agricultural or residential district, 300 feet of another sexually oriented business and 750 feet of any "existing or pending" school or religious institution. Agricultural districts can include homesteads.

The ordinance also specifically bars sexually oriented business use or activity by bars, dance halls, entertainment facilities or nightclubs.

The Allen County Plan Commission will vote Thursday on allowing sexually oriented businesses only in areas zoned General Industrial.

The establishments must be 1,000 feet from a school, religious institution or residential district. Thursday's meeting begins at 1 p.m. in Room 30 of Citizens Square.

The public hearing on the city's proposed changes will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Room 35 of Citizens Square.

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