City Planning Commission Opposes Concentrating Strip Clubs
As I originally reported yesterday, the city’s Planning Commission came down hard on Mayor Nickels’s proposed strip-club zone near Georgetown, arguing in a draft report that dispersing strip clubs throughout the city, rather than isolating them in a single district, “helps in lowering overall impact to the city.”
Multiple studies have found that dispersing adult entertainment uses lowers the impact of these uses overall. Based on our reviwe, we would recommend that the current city-wide dispersement policy [which allows strip clubs in coommercial and industrial zones throughout the city] remain in place. The application of a buffer overlay would be appropriate; however, we feel that further study is necessary to determine the optimal size for the buffer.
Makes sense to meóthere’s no reason one neighborhood (Georgetown) should have to bear the (arguable) burden of being home to every strip club in the city. Dispersement and regulation will ensure that strip clubs are treated like the legal businesses they are without disproportionately impacting a single area.
The council will take up the mayor’s proposed strip-club zone (which has also been opposed by Georgetown residents, industrial businesses, and neighborhood activists throughout the city) this fall; urban planning and development committee chair Peter Steinbrueck, who originally asked for the commission’s input, says “if there’s support for a shift [toward dispersing clubs instead of concentrating them] I’ll consider it”; but, he adds, “I’m not going to do this on my own.”