NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Planning Commission approved a motion Tuesday that would - without council approval - prevent new strip clubs from opening in the French Quarter for one year.
The change reclassifies strip clubs in the Quarter from permitted use to conditional use, which would require council before a new club can open.
The move comes in conjunction with the beginning of a study by the commission into adult venue regulations in the French Quarter. Proponents of the study think it will help make the iconic area of the city more inviting to visitors.
"We need to keep our eyes wide open when we look at the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. We do so with other parts of the French Quarter, which is quintessential New Orleans. It is the place where people go to find out who we are. We have too often averted eyes when we find out about liquor violations and prostitution laws," said David Crosby, pastor at First Baptist Church.
Strip club operators did not oppose the motion that effectively puts a moratorium on new clubs without approval, but requested they be involved with the study.
The study will consider limitations on the number of adult clubs, best practices in other cities, as well as take input from workers within the industry and businesses that might be impacted by strip clubs.
The study is expected to be completed by May.