Madison City Council members last night approved an amended ordinance regarding pain management clinics after months of research and deliberation by a three-member committee — Dan Dattilo, Katie Rampy and the late Dan Hoffman.

The ordinance approved last night explains that the council wanted to update the ordinance because the existing legislation for pain management clinics did “not adequately address issues regarding other medication that have been developed and used to deal with pain management and the addictions to pain management medication. …”

Another goal of the updated ordinance, as written into the language approved last night, will work “to limit or curb (potential) negative impacts created by these facilities, such as illegal prescription drug trafficking and sales of illegal drugs around clinics, and loitering in areas surrounding the clinics. …”

The ordinance outlines definitions for chronic nonmalignant pain, a pain management clinic, physician and pain management addiction facilities and adds those definitions to Madison’s zoning code.

It also lists specific clinics that will be excluded from the definition, including “a clinic where the majority of the physicians who provide services in the clinic primarily provide surgical services,” “a clinic that is affiliated with an accredited medical school at which training is provided for medical students, residents, or fellows,” “a clinic that is owned by a corporate entity exempt from taxation under 26 U.S.C.s. 501(c)(3)” and others.

The ordinance also sets standards for clinics that wish to open for business in Madison.

The standards lay out the specifics of where the clinics can be located and minimum distance requirements from other facilities such as churches, parks, schools and residences.

Pain management clinic facilities must be at least 2,500 feet from these the noted structures while pain management addiction facilities will have to be at least 1,500 feet from them.

Madison City Council members unanimously had agreed during a meeting almost a year ago — Dec. 19, 2017 —to postpone the acceptance of all zoning permits for opioid addiction or pain management clinics for six months in the City of Madison and within the two-mile “buffer zone” around the city to allow more time to gather information and consult with state leaders.

The moratorium — which included the city’s plan commission and board of zoning appeals — was to end on or before June 5, 2018.

The full ordinance will be added to the city’s Book of Ordinances and will be available for public viewing and use at City Hall after the council’s unanimous vote Tuesday evening.