Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Council To Discuss Liquor Store Zoning

The Cookeville city council Thursday evening will hold a public hearing and consider on first reading an amendment to the city's Zoning Code as it relates to the location of package liquor stores.  Although a final ordinance regulating such stores has yet to be approved, the city's planning commission has recommended that liquor stores be allowed to locate in any of the city's commercial zones, except what is called the downtown business district.  But some council members say they've considered removing even that exception and allowing the free market to determine what locations would be successful or not.  City voters approved the establishment of package liquor stores last year, and officials say the first permits could be issued by March.