On July 10, NoPornNorthampton began to circulate a petition to local citizens. The goal of the petition was to keep our neighborhoods safe while respecting civil liberties. Since the Northampton City Council passed adult-use zoning measures on November 2, we are not soliciting more signatures at this time, but feel free to download the petition for your own information:
NoPornNorthampton Petition (Microsoft Word)
NoPornNorthampton Petition (Rich Text Format)
Final Petition Tally
As of November 2, 2006: 1,016 Northampton residents and 535 non-residents have signed, for a total of 1,551 signatures.
July 10, 2006: Original release.
July 18, 2006: We revised a portion of the background text as follows:
The characterization of Skipton House was changed from “YWCA’s shelter for battered women” to “a YWCA office and counseling center that, among other things, serves victims of domestic violence”.The original information was derived from a listing at fhYouth to Work. The new description is based on information from the executive director of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts, Mary Reardon Johnson. We apologize for any confusion.
August 5, 2006: After consulting with city officials, we reduced the proposed buffer zone around adult theaters and live shows from 1,000 feet to 500 feet. This is to address concerns that the wider zone was too restrictive. We also removed the page of background information. This text referred to Capital Video Corporation’s plans to include viewing booths with their porn shop at 135 King Street. Capital Video recently submitted a revised proposal to the city with the viewing booths removed.
August 14, 2006: We standardized the scope of items 1, 3, 4 and 5 to pertain to “adult theaters, peep shows, and live nude shows”. This brings the petition into conformity with our revised zoning ordinance proposal. These changes were made after consulting with local residents, city officials, and Mark Carmien of Pride and Joy. Adult theaters, peep shows and live nude shows appear to have the more serious “secondary effects” on their surroundings, so that’s what we decided to focus the zoning proposal on. Adult bookstores, video stores and paraphernalia stores are now excluded from consideration.
September 25, 2006: We added a new item at the top to more closely align our petition with a new zoning ordinance proposed by Mayor Higgins and City Councilors Marianne LaBarge and Marilyn Richards. This new ordinance aims to regulate the location of all large Adult Enterprises (over 1,000 square feet of adult material on display) to keep them away from homes, schools, churches and other areas where children are likely to be found. It would bar Capital Video from going forward with its plan to establish a 6,222 square foot porn shop at 135 King Street. We made minor other changes to some of the other items for clarity and consistency of language.