County limits location of adult businesses

April 06, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The county commissioners have unanimously approved an ordinance that limits adult entertainment businesses and massage parlors to areas zoned for heavy industry.

Such businesses cannot operate within 1,000 feet of churches, schools, libraries, day care centers or other public buildings and cannot be located within 2,500 feet of each other, according to the ordinance, which was approved by the commissioners Wednesday and becomes effective April 16.

"Basically, they are limited to about 750 acres throughout the county," said Robert A. "Max" Bair, county zoning administrator.

The new law is not retroactive to existing businesses, however.

"We are delighted now that we have this ordinance, but what can we do with the one that is already there?" Carolyn Fairbank of Eldersburg asked the commissioners at a public hearing on the ordinance Wednesday.

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