Jersey Township trustees will meet Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. to hold a public hearing and approve or reject amendments to the township zoning map having to do with a new sign code and regulations for adult entertainment districts.

Jersey Township trustees will meet Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. to hold a public hearing and approve or reject amendments to the township zoning map having to do with a new sign code and regulations for adult entertainment districts.

"The zoning board has sent us a new sign ordinance and a zoning text about adult entertainment in the township," said township trustee Jim Endsley. "We're looking at being proactive, because right now there isn't anything in the zoning book. We're trying to get things up to date as to what would be allowed."

Both changes are mostly to fill gaps in the code, where there is no language now that trustees can use as the basis for their decisions. Businesses have been especially interested in the sign code, Endsley said.

"Worthington Road businesses are pushing to get some way to advertise, to say we're still here," Endsley said. "What our problem has been is some of the businesses are putting yard signs everywhere. This is just to clarify what is allowed and allowable. No one wants the township to look cluttered. It doesn't do new businesses or old ones any good."

Trustee Roy Bailey said the code is unlikely to affect any businesses in the near future.

"We don't have anything happening right now," Bailey said. "There's nothing happening anywhere. The world is almost at a standstill."

The text expected to be approved Thursday was first approved by the township zoning commission in October. Township zoning inspector Bud Witney said the changes are modeled largely on Union Township, which served as the model township for Licking County.

The county works with local boards of trustees to update land-use plans. In October, Endsley said the township was growing and had to adopt codes to manage that growth.

"We have some new residents who come in and say, 'We're tickled to death; we love this place out here. We moved here because of this, and now we want to close the gate,'" Endsley said. "Well, unfortunately, that's not realistic. When I campaigned three years ago, I said, 'I support your thoughts. I want to keep it rural myself,' but you have to be realistic. I'm realistic about the expectations for this township. It's going to move forward, either with us or without us, and we should be prepared for those challenges."

The commission also recommended the Union Township model on adult-entertainment districts.

"We didn't really have anything in our book to define it," Witney said. "Some townships had issues where they didn't have regulation, and then something slipped by."