- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Hall County officials voted unanimously Wednesday night to advance a new set of regulations that would expand opportunities for adult-oriented businesses in the county.

New regulations moved forward Wednesday by the county’s regional planning commission include expanding zoning for strip clubs, cabarets, pornographic book and video stores, and other such businesses from 300 acres to nearly 9,000 acres.

The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/1ZgSmzP ) reports changes will be considered by the county board at an Oct. 20 meeting.

Proposed changes also specify that alcohol isn’t allowed at adult-oriented businesses, and that they must be 1,000 feet from houses, churches, schools, parks and recreational facilities. The businesses would have to be closed from midnight to 6 a.m., and full nudity wouldn’t be allowed.

Commissioner Les Ruge said the regulations are “needed and justified based on the need to regulate the secondary effects of adult establishments.” He said they’re also consistent with the county’s land use plan.

The proposal comes amid a pending federal lawsuit against Hall County by Lincoln businessman Shane Harrington, who wants to open a strip club. The lawsuit claims county zoning is too restrictive in how much space is set aside for adult entertainment.

The commission had a 10-minute closed-door meeting to discuss pending litigation against the county.


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

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