FARMINGTON — A proposed ordinance that would regulate adult entertainment businesses in San Juan County will be presented for public comment and is scheduled for a vote at the county commission meeting Tuesday.
The ordinance would establish setback distances, set grounds for fines and require annual licensing for adult entertainment businesses in the county's unincorporated areas. Farmington, Aztec and Bloomfield have similar laws.
If approved, the ordinance could become law 120 days later.
"We've gotten a lot of concerns expressed about having some kind of regulation about where pornographic stuff can be sold," Commission Chairman Jack Fortner said.
The ordinance would require that new adult entertainment businesses break ground at least 1,000 feet from similar businesses, schools, churches and other buildings, but existing businesses would not need to meet that requirement. It would also require that owners buy a $250 license, with a $100 annual renewal after the initial purchase.
Taboo Show Club owner Jacqueline Ritchie has said she supports the ordinance because it would prevent other, larger adult entertainment businesses from chasing her off Harper Hill in Kirtland.
Other commissioners have said the ordinance is an element from the draft of a county-wide zoning proposal that cost $358,000 and took nearly four years for consulting firms to compile. In the end, commissioners did not pass a comprehensive set of zoning laws, saying the document was too large and confusing. Some have said they would rather approve it in portions.
The commission will also address other agenda items.
County lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a $200,000 New Mexico Economic Development grant that will fund the 28,000-square-foot expansion of Raytheon Diné Facility, located south of Farmington.
San Juan County Regional Medical Center CEO Rick Wallace will update the commission on the hospital's safety net care pool funding. A proposal related to the New Mexico safety net care pool fund also will be presented.
Commissioners will consider a resolution supporting renewing the Four Corners Power Plant's lease with the Navajo Nation, and they will also consider an animal shelter services agreement with Farmington.