Siting adult businesses in La Conner a dilemma


Ken Stern

SLOW DOWN, YOU'RE MOVING TOO FAST – Last Wednesday morning, Town public works staff Kevin Palaniuk, Todd Park and Chip Sherman, from left, started the morning installing speed bumps on Talbott Street. It was only a coincidence that resident Julie Jones criticized speeding traffic on the side streets connecting to Maple Avenue the week earlier.

Town officials aren't turning a blind eye to the prospect of peep shows coming to La Conner.

That's why, with a six-month moratorium now in place, they're hustling to enact restrictions limiting where adult businesses can operate – at a safe distance from residential areas and the school campus.

But finding such a location in a town hemmed in geographically is easier said than done.

Industrial zones on the north and south ends of La Conner could be designated for adult businesses.

Two sites are needed because if only one was chosen the Town could face litigation, according to Planning Director...

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