Northwest NEWS

January 17, 2000

Local News

Council bans smut in Woodinville

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--During their Jan. 10 meeting, the Woodinville City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 52, establishing a temporary moratorium on business license applications for sexually explicit businesses within Woodinville city limits. The new ordinance was passed after time was set aside for a public hearing on the matter. No citizens stepped forward to accept that opportunity.

   The Council and Planning Commission will revisit the issue in June, after the Superior Court has reviewed a "model ordinance" being jointly developed by a collection of Puget Sound cities. Bellevue, Bothell, Shoreline, and Everett are among local cities that have recently adopted similar moratoriums. The Council plans to take steps in July to modify its current adult entertainment land use and licensing regulations. The ordinance reads, in part:

   "An ordinance of the City of Woodinville, Washington, declaring that the public health, welfare, and safety necessitates the continuation of the moratorium on the acceptance of applications for and issuance of permits, licenses, and approval for sexually oriented businesses, including adult retail establishments..."

   Ordinance No. 52 continues an earlier moratorium set by Ordinance No. 247 on Nov. 22, 1999. Currently, no Woodinville businesses include trade devoted in great part to sexually oriented matter.