Vote paves way for breweries to open on Square
by Rachel Miller
August 07, 2013 11:26 PM | 2459 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Red Hare Brewery founder Roger Davis gives City of Marietta Zoning Board Chairman Bob Kinney a peek inside his walk-in beer cooler in July during a fact-finding mission about microbrewery zoning changes. The planning commission voted 4-0 Wednesday, with John Schupp absent, to recommend the city’s zoning ordinance be changed to allow makers of alcoholic beverages in almost every zoning category.
Red Hare Brewery founder Roger Davis gives City of Marietta Zoning Board Chairman Bob Kinney a peek inside his walk-in beer cooler in July during a fact-finding mission about microbrewery zoning changes. The planning commission voted 4-0 Wednesday, with John Schupp absent, to recommend the city’s zoning ordinance be changed to allow makers of alcoholic beverages in almost every zoning category.
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MARIETTA — Breweries, wineries and distilleries could soon be allowed to set up shop on the Square if the City Council goes along with a planning commission recommendation.

The commission voted 4-0 Tuesday, with John Schupp absent, to recommend the city’s zoning ordinance be changed to allow makers of alcoholic beverages in almost every zoning category.

The existing ordinance classifies breweries, distilleries and wineries as food manufacturing operations, thereby limiting them to industrial zones.

But the commission, concerned about waste storage and odor from this type of beverage production, added that a special land-use permit will be required if a proposed site borders a residential property or if the facility is more than 15,000 square feet.

The recommendation will be voted on at the City Council meeting Wednesday.

Insight

After a tour last week of the city’s only brewery, the Red Hare Brewing Co. on Delk Industrial Boulevard near Franklin Road, Commissioner Cheryl Richardson and Chairman Bob Kinney said a production on that large of a scale would not be feasible downtown.

However, the commission did not want to enact too harsh of restrictions, especially when the entire policy review was spurred by the City Council’s concerns over Marietta competing with neighboring towns for these trendy startup businesses, Kinney said.

Cities such as Asheville, N.C., have built an entire tourist industry around craft beer breweries and brew pubs.

The only areas of Marietta that the commission’s recommendation would place off limits to breweries, distilleries and wineries is the “neighborhood retail commercial zones,” which are meant for businesses that meet the immediate needs of the surrounding area.

These neighborhoods would still be permitted to have brew pubs, but not larger manufacturing facilities that the other commercial zones would allow if the change is approved by council.

A brew pub typically includes a bar area and restaurant, with 50 percent of sales coming from retail sales on the premises and distributing less than 5,000 barrels a year.

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Mike In Smyrna
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August 08, 2013
It is really a moot vote. A brewpub would require major renovation or new construction. The Marietta historical socialites are not going to allow it - just ask Philip Goldstein.

There is no comparison between Marietta and Asheville.

but is it too late?
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August 08, 2013
This could be a big win for Marietta unless it's already too late. Is every other wannabee place building brewpubs too? We need to hurry and get Marietta established like Asheville before we are just another drop in the beer bucket overbuilt with empty brew-this and brew-that places. If ever there were a time for government money giveaways to private businesses, NOW is the time.

WIth this and a train to the city/Airport we really could, well, ah, "go places" somebody
Southern Patriot
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August 09, 2013
"With this and a train to the city/Airport we really could, well, ah, "go places" somebody".

If by city/airport you are referring to Atlanta/Hartsfield you should remember that trains are a two way form of transportation. The last thing we need are the dregs of South Fulton county coming to Cobb on a train. We have plenty of "homegrown" problems we don't need any help from Atlanta's thugs.

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