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Palestine proposed zoning limits adult business development

PALESTINE, August 28, 2014— The city will conduct public hearings on proposed zoning changes to limit where a sexually oriented or adult business may operate. The zoning change would limit this type of business to a confined area, something the current code does not address.

Map #1 shows where an adult business can currently, legally operate.

Palestine Image - Adult Business Zoning - 1

Map #2 shows the area an adult business would be restricted to operate within if the zoning change is approved.

Palestine Image - Adult Business Zoning - 2

“This is an important tool in our development toolbox,” said Development Services Director Jeffrey Lyons. “Without this zoning change there are potentially many more locations available for this type of development.”

Citizens from throughout the community have come forward to express their opinions and ask that the zoning be changed.

“We understand the feelings of the community on this matter, and city council has always wanted to offer appropriate zoning to protect our citizens, while adhering to the law,” said City Manager Wendy Ellis. “The development services director has been proactive on closing loopholes in the ordinance while following the laws on zoning change. It is important to note that this ordinance restricts, within the law, adult businesses. It does not condone, recruit or seek them out, but instead allows the city to proactively set regulations on where they can operate and what type of business is allowed.”

Property owners within a specific notification zone have been notified via mail and provided a comment card to return to city hall. Their comments will be reviewed in an open meeting by Planning and Zoning on September 4, at 1:30 p.m., at City Hall.

The zoning change will officially come before council on September 22, at 5:30 p.m., at City Hall, where a public hearing will be held before the zoning change is voted on by council.

If you have questions about the zoning changes please contact City Hall at 903-731-8400.

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