TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Tyler’s Planning and Zoning Committee will vote on Tuesday to clarify the definition of what’s considered a ‘sexual encounter center’ in the city limits.
The clarification was spurred by a proposed ‘robot brothel', the first of its kind in the U.S., which was planned for the Galleria area in Houston. The owner of “Kinkys Dolls,” based in Toronto, said the business that rents robotic sex dolls that are capable of response and sound was expected to be open by this week.
Tyler city officials said a similar request had not been made locally, but the committee felt it was appropriate to clarify its ordinances. The committee’s director felt the decision was “proactive.”
“We are looking at the safety, welfare, and morals of our community, and making sure that’s in line our existing code,” said Heather Nick, managing director of the Planning and Zoning Committee. “With our advances in technology, we constantly have to look at our code and see how do we need to account for those changes in technology, and this is just to further clarify.”
The Planning and Zoning Committee will hold a vote on Tuesday. If approved, the amendment will head to the city council later in the month for its consideration.
“Sexually-oriented businesses are regulated because their potential harmful and damaging impacts to surrounding businesses and residential neighborhoods,” Nick added. “So that’s why it’s important to add this clarification, so that we make sure we are in line with our community standards.”
The City of Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner also reportedly called for examining the city’s current sexually-oriented business ordinance for possible updates.