Van Treuren Supports More Churches in Amherst, Discourages Adult-Themed Shops
Amherst City Councilman At-Large Phil Van Treuren is voicing strong support for a proposed zoning change that would allow more places of worship to open in Amherst, while speaking out against allowing any adult-themed stores in the city.
The zoning change, which would allow all places of worship to open in light industrial zones, was sent to a second reading by Van Treuren and other members of Amherst City Council recently. A final decision will be made on the change after it has gone to a third reading.
“I’m encouraging my colleagues on Amherst City Council to support this zoning change, because it’s good for our community and our families,” Van Treuren said. “Amherst currently allows churches only in residential areas, but I think places of worship should be welcome everywhere.”
Sexually-oriented businesses aren’t allowed to open within 1,000 feet of a church, and at a recent committee meeting some council members asked whether the change would deter adult-themed stores from opening in Amherst.
“If it makes it more difficult for adult-themed businesses to operate here, then I encourage as many churches as possible to open their doors in Amherst,” Van Treuren said. “City Council shouldn’t waste time discussing the rights of non-existent sex shops that aren’t wanted in our community.”
Van Treuren is encouraging residents to visit the Amherst Facebook Page at www.AmherstFacebook.com in order to voice their thoughts about the rezoning issue with other members of the community.