ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) - The City of Robertsdale hopes to pass an ordinance regulating tattoo parlors and adult establishments as early as next month.
Robertsdale Mayor Charles Murphy said the regulations have never been around before, but he said the county's continued growth has officials planning ahead.
"We realize that these types of businesses are something we can't restrict from the city. But what will happen is they will be incorporated into our land uses and will come under regulations such as zoning class," said Murphy.
The city council began working on the first draft six months ago and just completed it last week.
If passed, it will ban adult businesses near churches, parks and schools as well as residential areas.
Robertsdale isn't the first city in Baldwin County to propose such an ordinance.
Several other cities already have one on the books. Mayor Murphy said their proposal is based off a similar one that passed in Daphne.
Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood said his city just updated its ordinance, which has been in place for years, to make the regulations clearer.
He said Daphne's version of the ordinance has worked so far.
"At least we have an area where these places can conduct business. We still try to give the general public promise that we won't be overly saturated by the businesses, "Haygood said. "We want to give them a chance to do business but protect the character of our city and I'm sure Robertsdale wants to do the same."
Murphy said population growth and the expectation that it will continue is a driving force in the proposal.
"What we want to do is establish something before there's a need for it. We're staying a step ahead and that's where we want to stay," said Murphy.
Officials plan to send the initial draft to the city's planning and zoning commission for overview and then present it to the city council in November.
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