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Hall County proposes moratorium on adult businesses

POSTED: May 5, 2014 11:46 p.m.

Hall County is likely to enact a 180-day moratorium on adult entertainment establishments, including strip clubs, adult bookstores and video stores, so officials can review and update the ordinance governing these businesses.

The Board of Commissioners will vote on a resolution to establish the moratorium when it meets Thursday night.

The proposed moratorium effectively freezes the issuance and approval of any and all permits and licenses for adult-themed businesses. The moratorium, however, will not affect adult entertainment establishments already legally operating in the county.

County Attorney Bill Blalock said the ordinance was adopted about 22 years ago and last revised 18 years ago. He added that nothing prompted the review, other than the fact the ordinance is so old.

Blalock said similar reviews are conducted frequently to ensure the county’s ordinances reflect current law and community values. For example, a sign ordinance went through a similar review a few months ago.

Commissioners said they would review case law and meet with county staff to discuss any changes needed to the ordinance.

According to county officials, the ordinance already has strict regulations in place for adult entertainment businesses — perhaps explaining why there are so few adult businesses operating in Hall County — and any changes to the ordinance would likely only tighten these constraints.


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