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Grand County tackles adult entertainment zoning

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Grand County officials have fine-tuned zoning laws to define sexually oriented businesses.

Adult arcades, adult book and video stores, adult cabarets, adult motion picture theaters, adult peep booths, adult photo studios and “sexual encounter establishments” now have a place within the county’s zoning regulations. Previously, they had not been addressed.

The amendments were prompted by two separate inquiries to the Grand County Planning and Zoning Department last spring, one to locate a gentleman’s club in the county, another to locate a sexually oriented business in Tabernash, according to County Planning and Zoning Director Kris Manguso.



The zoning additions call for such businesses to be located only in the “business” zones of the county as well as reviewed under the county’s special use permit process, which entails direct public input.

Such businesses also would need 1,000-foot setbacks from churches, schools, childcare facilities, public parks, playgrounds, outdoor recreational areas, public buildings, libraries, or any other similar business. The new regulations also say adult businesses could not hold liquor licenses.



The added regulations to the zoning code includes an explicit list of “specified sexual activities” to further define what constitutes an adult business.

“Our zoning codes are not for children anymore,” Manguso said in jest.


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