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Public Hearing to Consider Regulations for Adult Entertainment Facilities

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Yakima City Hall


Hearing to Help Shape Rules for Establishing Adult Entertainment in Yakima County’s Unincorporated Areas




CONTACT:              Jason Earles, Yakima County Public Services Senior Project Coordinator

                                    (509) 574-2300 


Yakima, WA. – As Yakima County wraps up a year-long process to adopt rules for possible future adult entertainment facilities, such as nightclubs that feature adult entertainment, the Board of Yakima County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Yakima City Hall to gather public input about the County’s proposed regulations for adult entertainment in areas of the County outside of cities and towns. 


Two separate ordinances are proposed to guide the development and operation of adult entertainment facilities.  One ordinance would provide new requirements for establishing adult entertainment facilities only within specified zoning districts and would describe new separation distances and other requirements.  Another ordinance would establish guidelines for operating the facilities, including requiring operational licenses for owners and employees to be renewed annually. 


The open record public hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. (129 N. 2nd Street in Yakima).  Yakima County Public Services Planning staff will make a presentation to the Board of Yakima County Commissioners.


The hearing is scheduled to conclude not later than 11:30 a.m.


Last June the Board of Yakima County Commissioners enacted a moratorium on new adult entertainment establishments in unincorporated areas to evaluate the County’s needs and to develop regulations to ensure that such potential establishments are permitted only in appropriate locations.  The Yakima County Planning Commission recommended the changes to zoning regulations in April, which include requirements for what types of facilities are allowed, and in what locations they can be developed.  The proposed regulations will become law if they are adopted by the Board. 


For more information about the proposed Adult Entertainment Facilities regulations, visit





Lisa H. Freund, Administrative Supervisor
Yakima County Public Services
128 N. 2nd St
Yakima, WA 98902
voice: 509.574.2300 FAX: 509.574.2301



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