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December 9, 2018

11/30/2018 1:15:00 PM
Adult entertainment zoning change request will face its first test December 12

A request for a zoning change in Mineral Point township has created quite a stir with coverage on a state level and a ton of comments on social media.
It started recently when Chris Statter, owner of Midway Lanes and The Travelers Inn, handed Mineral Point Town Clerk Deb Heisner a request to rezone the Midway Lanes property to B5 adult entertainment. Midway Lanes is located about halfway between Dodgeville and Mineral Point and was quite an active place when bowling was at its peak.
The request for rezoning will be acted upon by the Mineral Point Town Board at their December 12 meeting. A public hearing will open the 6 p.m. meeting and when finished the Town Board is expected to act on the request yet that night. Heisner said she expects action to take place about 30 minutes after the hearing.
The Mineral Point Town Hall is located on Highway 39, 4070 South 39.
Statter did not specify what his plans are for property or the adult entertainment business that would be located there. Adult entertainment zoning matters are handled under the Iowa County Comprehensive Plan.
B5 zoning allows for adult entertainment businesses which can be designated within the plan. An adult entertainment business cannot be located closer than 1320 feet from residential zoned property, 1320 feet from and existing adult entertainment business or 1320 feet from any religious institution, school, park, playground or public building.
The closest business to the area under rezoning consideration is the Dodge-Point golf course and supper club. There are residences near the golf course but well past the 1320 feet requirement.
Permitted use under the Iowa County Comprehensive Plan includes:
-adult book stores that sell or rent materials depicting or relating to specific sexual activity.
-adult entertainment featuring topless or bottomless dancers, waitresses, waiters or entertainers that relate to specified sexual activities.
There is also a provision for casinos and gaming places under the county ordinance.
When bowling was one of the popular activities among adults and families Midway Lanes had packed parking lots and attracted a crowd both for leagues and open bowling. It was also a popular place for lunch or a quick burger after bowling. At times there were bowling tournament fundraisers held as well as birthday parties for children.
But when video games began to take ahold of the young people attendance at bowling alleys took a downturn. Most alleys took on a second look to make a profit and some went out of business.
The request before the Mineral Point Town Board's planning committee is the first of several steps the request must take before approval or denial. The Planning Commission will make its recommendation to the Town Board. If it passes both places it will go to the Iowa County Board as a zoning change request where it will be approved or denied.
Mineral Point Town Board Chairman Gary Sullivan said the December 12 meeting is open to the public. To his knowledge there are no B5 areas in Iowa County.

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