Duluth amends city's alcohol ordinance

Downtown Duluth, Taylor Park

Downtown Duluth, Taylor Park

DULUTH — The city of Duluth saw more changes to its alcohol ordinance as the city council approved nine changes during Monday’s regularly scheduled city council meeting.

The biggest change came to Section 3-111 relating to distance requirements. The change eliminates the distance requirements between establishments holding licenses for consumption of alcohol, and churches and schools. State law doesn’t provide any restrictions on the distances and the change was made to encompass that.

“The requirements came from a time when the laws were a lot more strict,” city attorney Steve Pereira said. “Some people may be unhappy, but other than that, I see no unintended consequences to this decision.”

The council also approved amendments that would require a three-person panel consisting of the city clerk or city manager, chief of police or designee, and mayor or mayor pro-tem to approve times when retail licensees can operate.

Among the other changes include:

• Eliminating the requirement that an applicant for an alcohol license submit their state of Georgia license as part of their application mainly because the state doesn’t issue a license without a local license;

• An amendment to the tavern ordinance that would allow the city to lease alley space to a current licenses growler that will allow patrons to consume alcohol in the open area. However, no sales will be allowed in the open area;

• Allowing growler sales in the C-2 zoning district;

• Removing the requirement for the name of licensees to be printed in four-inch letters on the front windows of their establishment.

The mayor and council also held a public hearing on the urban redevelopment planning amendment which will stretch out to North Berkeley Lake Road.

The city had to amend its Urban Redevelopment Plan boundaries in order to seek opportunity zone eligibility for businesses within the boundary area.

Other items approved include:

• A $48,131.99 bid from Kidz Zone Play Systems to complete work on the Bunten Road Park playground seating and trail repair.

• Replacing the HVAC system in the Bunten Road Park activity building at the cost of $11,840 by Shumate.