After consulting with local residents, city officials, and Mark Carmien of Pride and Joy, we have decided to restrict our proposed ordinance to adult theaters, peep shows, and live nude shows. These adult uses appear to have the more serious “secondary effects” on their surroundings. Adult bookstores, video stores and paraphernalia stores are now excluded from consideration.
In addition, the display of nudity needed to trigger the ordinance must be a significant portion of the material presented on 21 or more days per year. The intent is to make space for artistic expression. This standard is similar to the one Northampton put in place a few years ago to regulate nude dancing.
See the revised zoning proposal.
By reducing the scope of the proposed law, we are increasing reliance on the good judgment of landlords and other businesspeople in the community.