At the August meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, a public hearing was held for comments about suggested changes for sweepstakes parlors. The suggestion made by Town Planner Derek Roland would amend text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and restrict sweepstakes parlors to C-3 Commercial areas should they ever become legal.
“The application that was sent down to the planning board has been expanded from its original version,” said Roland. “We didn't originally include a formal definition so the planning board recommended adding the amendment that would define the devices in a similar manner to the state's wording. They also recommended a portion of the text to set guidelines that are similar to ones followed by private clubs. That's where we stand right now.”
According to the UDO, that means sweepstakes parlors “shall not be located within a 500-foot radius of another establishment housing Electronic Machines and Devices for Sweepstakes, nor within 250 feet of a residential use or residential zoning classification.”