SHAWNEE — A proposed city ordinance that would make it difficult for sex offender treatment centers to open near residential areas will be discussed by planning commissioners today. The planning commission meets at 1:30 p.m. in city hall. The ordinance was drafted by city staff after controversy arose over plans for a treatment center to open at 1401 E Highland. The center would have backed up to a residential neighborhood, and been within blocks of an elementary school and a church. Holly Chandler, owner of the building, said she is abandoning her plans to open the facility after her building was vandalized and she received death threats. City Manager Jim Collard said the intention of the proposed ordinance is to limit placing treatment centers for sex offenders to commercial and industrial zones, and require a city commission-approved special permit to open them. The ordinance is more stringent than state law, which requires sex offenders stay at least 300 feet away from schools, playgrounds and day care centers. The new regulation would push the distance for a counseling center for sex offenders to a minimum 1,000 feet. The proposed ordinance initially included restrictions for centers that treat drug and alcohol abuse, but those facilities were dropped from the ordinance at last week's planning commission meeting, Collard said. Collard said drug and alcohol treatment center representatives were concerned the ordinance could impact their centers, and it was determined rules already in place for those centers were sufficient. Faith Jacoway said she and her neighbors are pleased with the quick response city officials made to answer their concerns. She said she believes the ordinance will keep residents from being blindsided in the future if someone wants to open treatment centers for sexual offenders. Jacoway said the proposed ordinance will require residents living around a proposed location for a treatment center for sex offenders to be notified before it can be issued a permit open. "It won't be a slap in the face like it was for us,” Jacoway said.