- Associated Press - Saturday, August 29, 2015

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Hall County officials are mulling a proposal that would dramatically increase the amount of land zoned for strip clubs, cabarets, pornographic book and video stores, and other X-rated ventures.

The plan would open zoning for adult entertainment businesses from the current 300 acres to 8,650 acres, The Grand Island Independent reported (https://bit.ly/1i9WBMx ).

The proposed change comes amid a pending federal lawsuit against the county by Lincoln businessman Shane Harrington. Harrington, who wants to open a strip club in Hall County, says in the lawsuit that Hall County zoning is too restrictive in the amount of space set aside for adult entertainment.

Hall County Regional Planning Director Chad Nabity said the proposed changes were recommended by Lincoln attorney Vince Valentino, representing the county in the Harrington lawsuit, and Scott Bergthold, a Chattanooga, Tennessee, attorney who specializes in helping local governments with sexually oriented business matters.

The attorneys have also recommended new regulations for adult businesses, including a requirement that they not be within 1,000 feet of another adult establishment, homes, churches, schools, parks or recreational facilities and not within 500 feet of businesses that sell alcohol.



The proposal will be heard Oct. 7 at a Hall County Regional Planning Commission public hearing. Nabity said the commission would likely give a recommendation to the Hall County Board of Supervisors in time for the board’s Oct. 13 meeting.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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