Cities and Adult Businesses: A Handbook for Regulatory Planning

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Each year, millions of taxpayer dollars are wasted in lawsuits dealing with the regulation and restriction of adult businesses. In many cases, local public officials fail to adopt suitable policies and procedures before an adult business moves in, and this retroactive approach often leads to drawn-out, expensive lawsuits. This volume provides detailed information, mainly through numerous case studies, on how to proactively introduce various zoning, planning, and licensing restrictions while preventing costly lawsuits.

The first section introduces the reader to the various policies that are available. The second section details the measures taken by dozens of cities and towns when permitting adult businesses to locate in their community. The final section focuses on future trends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786438075
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. A graduate of a Harvard senior government executives program, he has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven and the University of Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

1 Cities and Adult Businesses Kelly Anders Anders, Kelly Jude Balsamo Balsamo, Jude 7

2 Adult Businesses and Land-Use Regulations Lydia R. Marola Marola, Lydia R. Rebecca Lubin Lubin, Rebecca 9

3 Adult Businesses and the First Amendment James Monge Monge, James 18

4 Adult Businesses and Recent Legal Cases Jeffrey Goldfarb Goldfarb, Jeffrey 23

5 Albany Officials Provide Cities with Legal Guidelines to Regulate Adult Businesses Susan L. Watson Watson, Susan L. 29

6 Beckley's Elected Leaders Adopt Zoning Laws to Mitigate the Negative Secondary Impact of SOBs Emmett S. Pugh III Pugh, Emmett S., III 34

7 Boston Restores Historic Buildings to Eliminate the Combat Zone Joe Albanese Albanese, Joe Scott Martinelli Martinelli, Scott 42

8 Charleston Business Leaders Turned Around Their Downtown Robert W. Bivens Bivens, Robert W. 47

9 Columbia Officials Promote Use of Business Licenses to Regulate SOBs Steffanie Dorn Dorn, Steffanie 49

10 Columbus Officials Adopt SOB Regulations in Response to Citizens' Initiative Jim Siegel Siegel, Jim 52

11 Conway Uses Business Licenses to Regulate Adult Businesses Jeff Bowman Bowman, Jeff 57

12 Delaware Officials Advise Their Cities on How to Regulate Adult Businesses Philip C. Laurien Laurien, Philip C. 61

13 Detroit Considers Law to Preclude SOBs from Their Central Business District Helena Varnavas Varnavas, Helena 68

14 Erie's Public Indecency Ordinance Is Upheld by the Supreme Court Scott D. Bergthold Bergthold, Scott D. 71

15 Forest Park, Like Many Small Towns, Had No Laws to Regulate Adult Businesses Ed Brock Brock, Ed 76

16 Harrisburg Officials Include Chapter on Adult Business Regulations in Their Municipal BriefingBooklet Robert D. Robbins Robbins, Robert D. 78

17 Hartford Officials Review Adult Entertainment Laws in Connecticut Cities Christopher Reinhart Reinhart, Christopher 83

18 Hastings Adopts Laws to Further Restrict the Operations of Adult Businesses Daniel J. Fluegel Fluegel, Daniel J. 86

19 Lemont Village Officials Update Their Adult Business Ordinance James A. Brown Brown, James A. 92

20 Littleton Adult Business Distance Rule Is Upheld by the Supreme Court Scott D. Bergthold Bergthold, Scott D. 96

21 Los Angeles Has Its Adult Business Zoning Criteria Reaffirmed by the Supreme Court Scott D. Bergthold Bergthold, Scott D. 100

22 Lyons Limits Adult Uses to Industrial Zones and the Court Agrees Roger Huebner Huebner, Roger Jerry Zarley Zarley, Jerry 104

23 Memphis Officials Defer Final Vote on Allowing Beer Sales in Adult Businesses Until After Court Appeal Bill Dries Dries, Bill 108

24 Middleton Voters Reject Adult Entertainment Business Zone John Laidler Laidler, John Bella Travaglini Travaglini, Bella 111

25 Minneapolis and Other Cities Use GIS to Regulate the Location of Adult Businesses American City & County 115

26 Nashville Reinvigorates Downtown by Creating a Network of Property Owners to Plan for the Future Jim Constantine Constantine, Jim Hunter Gee Gee, Hunter 118

27 New York City Cleans Up Times Square by Creating a Business Improvement District Howard Kozloff Kozloff, Howard 123

28 North Andover Controls Adult Businesses with an Adult Business District Brad Kane Kane, Brad 129

29 North Bend and Issaquah Enter into Agreement with Their County on the Placement of Adult Businesses Ron Sims Sims, Ron 131

30 Oakley, a New City, Approves Its First Adult Business Regulations Alison A. Barratt-Green Barratt-Green, Alison A. Rebecca Willis Willis, Rebecca 134

31 Orlando Changes Its Adult Business Code to Set Distances from Other Land Uses Jason Burton Burton, Jason Kyle Shephard Shephard, Kyle 141

32 Providence Uses Enforcement to Clean Up Its Downtown Ellen Perlman Perlman, Ellen 148

33 Raleigh and Other Cities Have Their Laws Challenged by Adult Businesses David W. Owens Owens, David W. 154

34 Renton and Other Cities Base Their Regulations on the Possible Negative Impact of Adult Businesses Alan C. Weinstein Weinstein, Alan C. 163

35 San Antonio Involves Citizens in the Planning and Renewal of Their Neighborhoods J. Rolando Bono Bono, J. Rolando 169

36 Saratoga Springs Planning Board Reviews Its Adult Use Laws Jaclyn Hakes Hakes, Jaclyn 172

37 Seattle Defines and Regulates Adult Business Uses Diane M. Sugimura Sugimura, Diane M. 179

38 Shoreline Adult Business Group Tries to Change the City Government Robert Deis Deis, Robert Larry Bauman Bauman, Larry 191

39 Southeast Establishes Land-Use Controls to Regulate the Establishment of Adult Businesses Willis H. Stephens, Jr. Stephens, Willis H., Jr. 195

40 Staunton Adopts Law Limiting Adult Uses to Their Industrial Zone with a Business License and Permit Deborah A. Lane Lane, Deborah A. 202

41 Tampa Ordered by Court to Restore Public Access Channel Closed for Airing Adult Shows Neil J. Lehto Lehto, Neil J. 206

42 Thousand Oaks Considers Zoning Designations and Regulations for Adult Businesses Mark G. Sellers Sellers, Mark G. 211

43 Toledo Carefully Regulates Existing Adult Businesses Robert Henry Henry, Robert 217

44 Urbana Plans for the Future by Regulating Adult Businesses Before It Has One Mary M. Farmer Farmer, Mary M. 222

45 Waco Works with Citizens and Makes Public Investment to Bring Back a Deteriorated Neighborhood Michael Morrison Morrison, Michael 226

46 Wichita Spends Public Funds to Stimulate Private Investment to Revitalize Its Downtown D. Kay Johnson Johnson, D. Kay 228

47 Cities, Adult Businesses, Regulations, and the Law David L. Hudson, Jr. Hudson, David L., Jr. 232

48 Zoning, Land Uses, and the Future of Downtowns George R. Frantz Frantz, George R. 234

49 Ten National Trends to Help Plan for and Develop Innovative Downtowns Bill Ryan Ryan, Bill 236

50 The Urban Center Is the Future of the American City Diane Filippi Filippi, Diane Jim Chappell Chappell, Jim 239

App. A Periodical Bibliography 243

App. B Regional Resource Directory 244

App. C State Municipal League Directory 245

App. D State Library Directory 246

App. E National Resource Directory 247

App. F U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Adult Businesses 248

App. G Secondary Effects Land-Use Studies of Adult Businesses in America 249

About the Editor and Contributors 251

Index 253

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