Thursday, February 20, 2003

Liberty zoning for sex businesses

District would house adult sites

By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LIBERTY TWP. - This Butler County township is updating its zoning code to establish a district for sexually oriented businesses.

In Liberty, as in many jurisdictions in Ohio, the zoning code does not now address sexually oriented businesses.

"The goal of doing this now is to create the most desirable area for their location that is the least offensive to the township," said Barry Tiffany, Liberty zoning supervisor.

"The Supreme Court has found you cannot tell them they can't locate in your municipality or jurisdiction. You can say where they can locate, but you can't deny them."

Tiffany said he expects the zones to be created this year.

Liberty does not have a sexually oriented business. However, such businesses operate in neighboring West Chester Township and Monroe.

Last summer, West Chester Township trustees hired a consultant to assist in tightening West Chester's code for sexually oriented businesses. So far, the township hasn't unveiled details or final plans.

Fairfield is expected to pass an ordinance Monday designed to prevent unlicensed massages in its city limits.

In other township business Tuesday, Fire Chief Paul Stumpf received the nod from trustees to move forward with purchasing the department's first ladder truck.

The truck is expected to cost the township $800,000 to $900,000. The township will buy it within two years, he estimated.


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