Wayne Feiden and Carolyn Misch from Northampton’s planning department have just received an email from Capital Video attorney Michael Pill stating that they “will comply with all legally valid provisions of the Northampton Zoning Ordinance, including the most recent amendments adopted by the City Council concerning signage, outside window displays (no outside windows will be blocked or shaded), and layout of the store within the 1000 square foot limitation on adult content.”
Capital Video’s revised plans for their store at 135 King Street have not yet been disclosed. Pill writes, “Store layout plans are still being developed and will be provided to the building inspector at the time of application for a building permit.”
Pill promises that “Capital representatives will be at the 7:00 P.M. Planning Board Hearing on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the City Council Chambers, to answer questions that the planning board may have, and to discuss the retail use of the building.” We encourage the public to attend this hearing, which will take place at 212 Main Street.
While the ultimate outcome of Capital Video’s involvement with Northampton has yet to be determined, other cities and towns considering adult-use zoning should feel encouraged that they need not fear porn merchant bluster and rhetoric when enacting legal regulations.
The December 5 Gazette has an article on this development, “Adult video store to have hearing next week”. Apparently it’s not clear if the Northampton Planning Board has all the information it wants to proceed with Capital Video’s Site Plan Review. Senior land use planner Carolyn Misch is quoted as saying, “What they do in other stores doesn’t matter. They need to show what they’re going to do in this store.”