Please place on the June 5 Commission a referral to the Land Use and Development Committee and the Planning Board to discuss an Ordinance Amendment Exempting Office Uses Not Also Operating as an Entertainment Establishment or Dance Hall from the Definition of Neighborhood Impact Establishment (NIE). Currently, We Work Offices, which have 2 locations in the City, provide free beer and wine for their office tenants occasionally for happy hour, and meet the technical definition of an alcoholic beverage establishment. As both of these locations, which are zoned commercial, each has an occupational content exceeding 300 persons, they also meet the definition of a neighborhood impact establishment (NIE). Establishments meeting NIE thresholds require Planning Board approval for a CUP. The NIE regulations were designed to address alcohol uses such as destination restaurants, bars, nightclubs and entertainment establishments. These regulations were not intended to apply to office uses that provide free beer and wine to tenants on occasion. The proposal herein would modify Sec. 142-1361, to create an exception from the definition of an NIE, for office uses only.
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