Board Passes Moratorium On Adult Novelty Stores

LAKEWOOD – No zoning permits will be issued in Lakewood for any adult novelty stores during the next several months.

On Monday, the Lakewood Village Board held a public hearing on a moratorium on issuing zoning permits for adult novelty store establishments. The moratorium follows the proposal last month by Jill Laemmerhirt of Jamestown to have a sex-related business in the American Mattress Plaza, 305 E. Fairmount Ave. The village’s Planning Board approved the proposal, but Charles Smith, Lakewood village code enforcement officer and building inspector, announced during a Village Board meeting April 21 the owner of the plaza would not be leasing retail space to Laemmerhirt for the business.

No one from the public spoke during the public hearing about the moratorium. David Wordelmann, Lakewood mayor, said the reason for the moratorium is adult novelty businesses are not included in the village zoning laws, as of now. He said the village cannot refuse such a businesses to be located in the village, but can restrict where they are located.

”We cannot completely ban them,” he said. ”No community can completely ban them.”

Wordelmann said the moratorium will last for about six months while village officials work on updating zoning laws to include where adult novelty stores could be located. The mayor said the village last updated its zoning in 2010. He said it is a process that needs to be done regularly to make sure codes are kept up-to-date.

After the public hearing, the board passed the moratorium resolution.

In January, the board passed a similar moratorium on issuing special permits for vehicle sales, building permits for constructing storage sheds and zoning permits for electronic-advertising signs.

In other village business, the annual village wide yard/garage sale will be held Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8. The annual metal and junk collection day will be Monday, June 10.

Because of the Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 27, the next village meeting will be held Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m., with a work session at 6 p.m.