NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City City Council held a public hearing Monday on zoning changes that will, for the first time, provide zoning for the J. Sterling Morton Beltway and give adult businesses an approved zone.
Jeff Ray of JEO Consulting says the gateway corridor overlay district will not encourage or discourage development on highways around the city, but will specify targets for natural landscaping and attractiveness.
Ray: “To try to just make an aesthetically pleasing area that upholds a high standard that the community of Nebraska City already holds and to welcome guests into the community and to really make it aesthetically pleasing for all.”
The proposed zoning will also establish adult businesses as a permitted use in industrial zones.
Ray said courts recognize the First Amendment rights of adult businesses or their owners, so Nebraska City’s current prohibition in any zone is not proper.
Ray: “Many communities, including yours, required them to just be only allowed in conditional use permits in some zones. We are now allowing them to be a use by right in the industrial zones, with certain conditions.”
He said the businesses are regulated by potential “secondary effects” based by academic reports.
The proposed regulations would prohibit an adult business within 1,000 feet of another adult business, within 500 feet a place that sells alcohol and within 1,000 feet of a park, recreation facility, church or school.