Geneva to Limit Adult Businesses?

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Byline: Susan Sarkauskas

Residents and businessmen near Glengarry Drive and State Street won't have to worry about sex-oriented businesses setting up shop in the Glengarry Industrial Park.

The Geneva City Council is setting boundaries in such a way that the industrial park would be off-limits to sex novelty-item stores, strip clubs, adult video stores and the like.

Monday it voted 9-0 as a committee of the whole to recommend such businesses be kept at least 900 feet away from residences, schools, churches, parks and day-care centers. It will take a binding vote Jan. 3.

City workers had previously recommended a distance of 750 feet, which would give the city two areas where such businesses could be set up. The change in the zoning ordinance is being made proactively.

Currently, Geneva does not have a specific zoning classification for adult uses, so a sex-oriented bookstore or a nightclub could open anywhere a regular bookstore or nightclub is allowed. …