City of Loganville alcohol distance requirement back on city council agenda Monday

The City of Loganville was considering an amendment to its alcohol ordinance, specifically the distance requirements, in an effort to attract more restaurants and bars to the downtown area. This was discussed at the March meeting and the city attorney was expected to prepare a draft ordinance reducing the minimums to zero for review this month. However, this was contingent on Georgia House Bill 76 passing as it was initially written to allow cities and other jurisdictions to impose their own minimum restrictions without relying on the state’s minimums. That bill, however, did not pass.

According to state Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), who worked with Rep Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) to write HB 76, the bill that eventually made its way through only allowed for a reduction in distances for an area in Savannah for the Savannah College of Art and Design and it consequently failed.

“(Ron Stephens) approached me about a problem in Savannah, soon Rep Pam Dickerson said she had a problem in Rockdale, and WalMart joined with a problem in DeKalb. I worked with Ron and wrote HB 76 that initially would have allowed local governments to establish distance requirements no more restrictive than the state. Today, the state sets the minimum,” Harrell said. “Under HB 76, the state would have set the maximum and locals could reduce that distance.”

Harrell is hoping to try again next year, but in the meantime, the state’s minimums remain and Loganville will not be able to reduce the minimum to zero, as had been the intention.

Under OCGA 3-3-21, which now still applies, the sale of spirits is prohibited within 100 yards of a church (front door to front door) and 200 yards of a school (property line to property line). Wine and beer is 100 yards of a church or school.

The April 2019 Loganville Work Session is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019, in Council Chambers at Loganville City Hall, 4303 Lawrenceville Road. The regular April City Council Meeting is scheduled for the same time and place on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The public is invited to both meetings. The full agenda for Monday’s meeting follows.

III. COMMITTEE / DEPARTMENT REPORTS

  1. Planning & Development – Chairman Skip Baliles
  • Alcohol Amendment – Distance Requirements 
  • Updates / Reports 
  1. Finance / Human Resources– Chairwoman Anne Huntsinger 
  • Updates / Reports
  1. Public Safety Committee – Chairman Jay Boland
  • Updates / Reports
  1. Public Utilities / Transportation – Chairman Danny Ford
  • Water Tank Maintenance Contract – $13,322.58
  • 2018 CBDG Pecan Street Project Award to the Dickerson Group $536,025.00
  • Updates / Reports
  1. Public Works / Facilities– Chairwoman Linda Dodd
  • Updates / Reports
  1. Economic Development – Chairwoman Lisa Newberry
  • Updates / Reports

IV. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

  • GA Power LED Street Light Contract
  • Economic Incentive Package
  • Updates / Reports 

V. CITY ATTORNEY’S UPDATES / REPORTS

  • Failure to Appear Ordinance 
  • Updates / Reports 

VI. ADJOURNMENT

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