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Alpharetta to lessen alcohol sales distance requirements downtown
by Rachel Kellogg
July 11, 2012 05:50 PM | 920 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Alpharetta is looking to reduce the amount of space required between businesses that sell alcohol and schools, churches, bus stops and libraries, in its downtown district.

At a workshop during Monday’s City Council meeting, city attorney Sam Thomas presented council with a consideration to change distance requirements from 300 feet to 50 feet.

As the city works to develop the downtown area, “We’re finding issues where the traditional distance requirements … just don’t work,” Thomas said.

According to Thomas, the change would make the area “more development-friendly” because the reduced distance requirements would allow more varied businesses to coexist in downtown.

The requirement change would also set up a waiver application procedure for circumstances where the 50-foot distance could not be met. Applicants would have to appear before City Council and have their business approved to sell alcohol.

A draft of the ordinance could be presented to council at the next regular council meeting.

The city will be alerting churches located downtown about the vote in advance.

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