SLC residents can weigh in on expanding area where businesses can serve alcohol

Published: Monday, July 16 2012 9:57 p.m. MDT

"These kind of businesses come with an extra set of responsibility and an extra set of responsibilities to their neighborhoods," Raymond said.

The "normalizing" of liquor laws in the city, as Becker calls it, has been one of the mayor's goals since taking office in 2008. In March 2010, following more than year of study and public input, Becker's administration put forward a proposal to revise city liquor laws.

Actions by the state Legislature in 2009 that overhauled the state's liquor laws — including the elimination of private club membership requirements — acted as a springboard for city leaders to make changes at the city level.

That same year, the City Council did away with a law that allowed two bars per city block face. Other proposed revisions to city liquor laws have been on hold since late 2010 while city officials worked on an overall plan for neighborhood businesses.

A map designating districts where alcohol can be sold and served has been in place and used for more than 30 years.

"Clearly, our city has grown and evolved dramatically since then," Raymond said. "It was really appropriate for an overhaul."

Under the proposed revisions, the alcohol map would no longer be used. Instead, zoning would dictate where establishments that sell alcohol can locate in Salt Lake City.

"That creates a system that can evolve as our city continues to change and grow," Raymond said.

Tuesday's City Council meeting gets under way at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the City-County Building, 451 S. State. Comments on the proposed changes also are still being accepted through Open City Hall.

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