Brothel zones get nod from council

Christchurch Press 23 March 2012
Plans to restrict locations for major Christchurch brothels are a step closer to reality after city councillors decided to push ahead with the proposal. At their meeting yesterday, councillors voted to start developing a bylaw restricting where brothels can operate in the city. Councillors voted in September to look into the issue after concerns about brothels spreading across the city following the February 2011 earthquake. A report by council staff said the impact of the quake on central-city brothels had increased the importance of restrictions, given the risk that some would set up in suburban areas. The report recommended allowing brothels to set up in the central-city core, its fringe and parts of the mixed-use zones, as well as specific commercial business zones across Christchurch, and a section of Lyttelton’s town centre. Brothels would be banned from the rest of the city, with the exception of small owner-operated brothels and existing brothels.