Friday, January 25, 2008

Adult business zoning ordinances needed now in Augusta County

Staunton porn shop owner looking for second location, possibly in Augusta

Staunton, under the leadership of Councilman Dickie Bell, took the fight for city zoning ordinances to Council and passed those ordinances in November to restrict the location of another adult business store after the opening of After Hours Video on Springhill Road in September 2007. Background on this issue is here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

A request was taken to the Augusta County Board of Supevisors asking that zoning ordinances be put into place in the county to restrict where adult business could locate ... and county residents are still waiting. Ordinances, drawn up by the Supervisors, were sent to the Planning Commission in December and that is where they are now.

The supervisors need to pass the ordinances now. According to today's News Leader:

The owner of After Hours Video said Thursday he is considering opening a second adult business in Staunton, and also said he’s in negotiations to bring in another high-profile attorney to represent an employee indicted earlier this week on obscenity charges.

“I’m not going to fold up my tent and go away,” said Rick Krial, owner of After Hours Video on Springhill Road.
But Krial is undeterred. He said he’s scouting out property for a second store location in Staunton or possibly Augusta County. Another store in Harrisonburg also will be opening soon, Krial said.
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The Augusta County Planning Commission needs to speed up the process. They have been dealing with this issue since last year and Augusta County still has no zoning ordinances.

The Planning Commission will meet Tuesday, January 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Augusta Government Center in Verona. It is open to the public.

Call your supervisor now if you do not want an adult business located near your neighborhood, church, playground, school, or other family-oriented location. They need to hear from the community.

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