City council members on Monday tentatively approved a text amendment permitting microbreweries to open. A second reading of the revision and a council vote will be necessary for final passage.
What the zoning change does not allow is sale of the beer on the brewery premises.
“They are not going to be a retail establishment,” City Attorney David Davidson told council. “They are not going to be selling kegs, lasses or bottles on the premises.”
Councilwoman Betty Price said she instigated the zoning amendment so that applicants would not have to wait for the proposed new Unified Development Code to come to fruition.
“I received an email from a potential applicant asking me to move along to pass the UDC so he wouldn’t have any more delays in getting his microbrewery going,” Price said in an email last month. “Apparently he had tried for months but was not encouraged to make an application, but rather to lobby for UDC passage.
“That didn’t sound right to me, since we had no voted to have no moratorium on zoning requests while the UDC is being worked on.”
Price said she told the owner of the microbrewery to go ahead and file the zoning/variance application because “he could probably get his project worked through the system faster than the UDC would get finished, and it would be done in the light of day and not just swept in with the thousands of other changes.”
In other action on Monday, council members approved a one-year agreement with Fulton County for access to the county’s radio system.
Police Chief Rusty Grant told council that the agreement runs from January 1, 2014 to the end of the year. The cost is $86,290 to cover 500 radios.
This contract is independent of a new emergency radio system being jointly developed by Roswell and other north Fulton cities, the chief said.
“We should be able to get part of this money back if the new radio system is up and running” before the agreement expires, Grant said.