Sexually Oriented Businesses were only a footnote at the most recent Cloverdale Plan Commissions special meeting.
Alan Yackey, Cloverdale Town Attorney, handed out a draft of the ordinance for the plan commission to look over. The ordinance specifies which sort of sexually oriented businesses will be allowed under the First Amendment.
The ordinance also states where such legal sexually oriented businesses can be placed. They can't operate within 1,000 feet of another sexually oriented business, a religious institution, a public or private elementary or secondary school, a public or private park or recreational area or the property line of a lot devote to a residential use.
They also can't be established within 1,500 feet of the boundary of any residential district, or adjacent to or within the same block as a library or day care center.
"We need people to know we aren't allowing a particular sexually oriented business to open at this time," said Dennis Padgett, Vice President of the Cloverdale Plan Commission.
Padgett went on to say that the Plan Commission is just putting together the zoning ordinances if such a place of business were to wish to open a store.
What this affords the town is the option to relegate businesses of this nature away from schools and churches as outlined in the new ordinance. Without a zoning ordinance of this caliber, there would be no limits on where businesses could open and how they could be run.
In other business:
* The Commission approved a section of new ordinance that will make it necessary to submit a $5 application to hold a garage or yard sale.
* The Commission also approved a motion to ask for more money to cover lawyer fees for the remainder of the year.
The Cloverdale Zoning Commission meets regularly the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Cloverdale Town Hall. The next meeting will be a special meeting held May 15 at 7 p.m.