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Peoria City Council subcommittee seeks resident input
Jan. 4 meeting
PEORIA, Ariz. (Dec. 15, 2011) – The Peoria City
Council subcommittee on sustainable development is asking for community
participation and feedback at its next meeting on January 4, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
in the Pine Room at Peoria City Hall. The topic being discussed concerns a
proposal to allow a special request for a retail liquor license in the Old Town
The Arizona State Statutes currently prohibit businesses obtaining a retail
liquor license if they are locating within 300 feet of a school or church. In
April, 2010 the State Legislature approved legislation allowing a municipality
to form an ‘Entertainment District (ED),’ which would allow a City to grant an
exemption on a case-by-case basis for a restricted liquor license within 300
feet of a church or charter school. The 300 foot restriction remains for public
and private schools.
The city’s Economic Development Services department is in discussion with a
microbrewery to locate in the Old Town area. The business would produce and sell
beer. Peoria’s Old Town has seven churches within a 4-block area thereby
impairing the ability to attract certain types of businesses, such as
Microbreweries, Beer and Wine Bars and Taverns. The ED designation for a
prescribed area of Old Town would be a tool to legally consider certain types of
businesses on a case-by-case basis.
The subcommittee has asked for more citizen participation in its discussions to
help determine if the city should pursue an Entertainment District designation
for Old Town, or if appropriate, what areas should be included in the district
boundary or, what criteria should the city consider when evaluating a request
for an exemption.
To learn more about city of Peoria City Council Subcommittees schedules and
topics, go to www.peoriaaz.gov/Mayor
and City Council.