On September 14, 2016, the City Commission referred this item to the Land Use and Development Committee (Item R5R). On September 21, 2016, the item was discussed and continued to a date certain of November 16, 2016. On November 16, 2016 the Land Use Committee discussed the item and recommended that the City Commission refer the attached ordinance to the Planning Board for consideration.
On December 14, 2016, the City Commission referred the item to the Planning Board (Item C4 G). The item is sponsored by Vice-Mayor Joy Malakoff & co-sponsored by Commissioner Ricky Arriola.
The proposed ordinance establishes minimum design standards for package liquor stores as follows:
· No more than 35% of the square footage of storefront windows and doors may contain the display of alcoholic beverage products and the container size of said products shall be no smaller than a standard “fifth of liquor” size bottle. Currently there is no limit on the amount of storefront that can be used for display.
· Notwithstanding the regulations in Chapter 138, no more than 2% of storefront windows may be covered with alcoholic beverage products. Currently there is no limit on the amount of storefront that can be used for display.
· Subject to the approval of the Historic Preservation or Design Review Board, as applicable, art display walls may be proposed. The proposed display areas in any storefront windows facing a street or sidewalk shall only contain artwork; retail merchandise or signage shall not be displayed at any time in conjunction with artwork display.
Additionally, prior to the issuance of a building permit, change of use or business tax receipt (BTR) for a package store, an interior floor plan, prepared by a registered architect, must be submitted and adhere to the following minimum standards for the interior layout and signage for accessory uses within liquor stores:
(1) No stacking of boxes within 10’-0” of the storefront.
(2) No shelving within 10’-0” of the storefront.
(3) The interior layout of the cashier and check-out counter shall be located a minimum distance of 10’-0” from all storefront glass and the main entrance.
(4) One 10 square foot table display or case display may be located up to 5’-0’ from the storefront glass.
(5) No ATM, currency service, lottery, check cashing services, or other ancillary use signage shall be permitted.
(6) All coolers and or refrigerated cases shall be located a minimum of 20 feet from any storefront glass.
The proposed amendment will improve the aesthetic quality of package liquor stores, as well as enhance the quality and appeal of the City’s commercial districts.
PLANNING BOARD REVIEW
On January 24, 2017, the Planning Board transmitted the proposed Ordinance Amendment to the City Commission, with a favorable recommendation. The Planning Board also requested that the City explore the feasibility of making the standards in the proposed ordinance retroactive.