Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 8, 2003

Strip club in Hollywood Township unlikely

By Ryan Gueningsman

Rumors are floating around Hollywood Township about the possibility of someone opening a strip club in the area.

"It would be very difficult to find a site to build in Hollywood Township," said Clerk Sherm Steffenson.

Cities and counties cannot prohibit such businesses, but can make zoning regulations extremely restrictive.

"Carver County is trying to get ahead of the game in this," he said.

If a spot was to be looked at in Carver County, according to a temporary ordinance issued by the county board, it would have to be in an rural service district.

"By limiting to the rural service districts, it is going to be nearly impossible to have one," Steffenson said.

The interim ordinance that is in effect is scheduled to expire February 2004 or when an adult use ordinance is adopted, whichever is sooner.

Options being considered for adult use regulations:

· require that it be located on a hard-surfaced road and meet all setbacks and other requirements in the rural areas of the county;

· restrict adult uses to the rural service districts and required to meet all setbacks and other requirements.

Examples of rural service districts are Assumption, Bongards, East Union, Gotha, Hollywood, Hollywood Station, and Maple. The only two rural service districts in Hollywood Township are where the Hollywood Sports Complex and Hollywood Ranch House are located.

Currently, the county board is looking at the second option as being most favorable. There will be a county board hearing at some point in October, said planning and zoning staff member Steve Just.

Steffenson also questioned the viability of opening such a club in Carver County.

"All you would get would be grief," he said. "There has to be some rationale to open and to make money."

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