Regulating Sex Businesses, Part 1: Principles and Foundations



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This course shows how to lay the foundation for ordinances that mitigate the negative effects of sex businesses while conforming with constitutional requirements under the First Amendment. That is a short sentence but a complex topic that many local planners—and local government attorneys—do not understand. One part of this introductory course will be an overview of the modern sex businesses that have physical locations in communities. This course will also discuss the nature of "negative secondary effects," the basis on which local governments can most safely (within Supreme Court guidelines) regulate sexually oriented businesses. Once basic principles are established, there is some flexibility in creating the substance of local regulations. The second course in this series will provide specific recommendations and cautions for creating those local regulations.

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Eric Kelly

Invited Speaker

Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning at Ball State University (retired in 2017) and an independent planning consultant. A frequent litigation consultant and expert witness on cases involving the regulation of signs, billboards and/or adult businesses. Has consulted with more than 100 local governments in more than 35 states. Since 1995, Kelly has been general editor of the 10-volume Matthew Bender set Zoning and Land Use Controls. An author or co-author of seven technical reports published in the Planning Advisory Service Reports series of the American Planning Association, including Everything you always wanted to know about regulating sex businesses with Connie Cooper. Kelly is a past national president of the American Planning Association, and in 1999, he was inducted as one of the members of College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Kelly holds Master of City Planning and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in public policy from the Union Institute. He is a member of the Colorado bar. He completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 and now teaches Yoga -- mostly for people new to Yoga -- at several locations.