Friday, October 12, 2001

Adult zone studied

Covington panel looks into using county's plan

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        COVINGTON — A citizens committee studying where to locate an adult business zone in Covington decided Thursday to first seek input from Kenton County planning agencies.

        The Covington Citizens Committee on Adult Businesses met for the first time at Covington City Hall. Committee Chairwoman Mary Ann Stewart said she will contact a county task force of two agencies, the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission and the Kenton County and Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission.

        Ms. Stewart wants to find out if Covington can use whatever the county comes up with regarding sexually oriented businesses — which the task force is considering as part of a mandatory five-year update of the county's comprehensive plan.

        “That's one of the options,” Ms. Stewart said.

        The next two citizen committee meetings are 5 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at Ms. Stewart's law office, 40 W. Pike St.

        Planning and zoning commission Chairman Tim Theissen said adult entertainment should be part of the update process.

        Thursday's meeting featured a presentation from Dave Langdon, the Sharonville attorney the city hired to draw up a proposed zone.

        Covington's proposed zone is divided into two sections: a four-block area from East Fourth Street to halfway between East Fifth and Sixth streets, with a portion of Madison Avenue and Electric Alley; and one square block bordered by East Fourth Street, Park Street, Court Street and Scott Boulevard.

        City commission has the last word on whatever the citizens group recommends.

        Mr. Langdon said the sprinkling of schools, churches and day care facilities downtown makes finding a constitutionally suitable location for an adult entertainment zone extremely difficult.


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