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Wednesday, October 09, 2019 1:00 am

Council acts on swingers clubs

Unanimously passes zoning ordinance to place limits

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved two measures advocated by the city-county Department of Planning Services.

The council approved the agreement and price for work to develop a comprehensive plan to replace Plan-It Allen, which dates to 2007, and also approved changes to a zoning ordinance to limit sexually oriented businesses. The Fort Wayne Plan Commission last month sent the ordinance with a “do pass” recommendation to City Council.

Houseal Lavigne Associates of Chicago last month was chosen after members of the Fort Wayne and Allen County Land Use Governing Board received eight proposals to rewrite the planning document.

It serves as a guide for land-use decisions, although the document is not considered a blueprint, officials said then.

The cost is $333,530 to the city and the same amount to the county. 

The project will kick off in January and be completed by the end of 2021. Public meetings will be set to gather input, although a schedule has yet to be set.

The plan will provide guidance for Fort Wayne, unincorporated Allen County, Huntertown, Grabill, Monroeville and Woodburn. New Haven and Leo-Cedarville have their own comprehensive plans.

The sexually oriented businesses ordinance does not ban those that allow viewing of live sex acts, such as swingers clubs. But the ordinance limits any sexually oriented business to intensive commercial (C4) zones. 

The businesses also can't be located within 300 feet of each other, within 500 feet of any residential or agricultural zoning district or 750 feet of “any existing or pending” religious institution or school.   

rsalter@jg.net