Family restaurants separated from bars under liquor bylaw

Nigel Armstrong
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Under the previous regulations, small family restaurants were lumped into the same category as bars and nightclubs when it came to liquor licensing, meaning they needed to be more than 100 metres away from churches, daycares and schools.

Charlottetown city council has relaxed regulations a bit for restaurant liquor licences, and recalculated formulas affecting green roofs.

One of the bylaw and Official Plan amendments covered during a recent housekeeping session was for restaurants wanting to serve wine or beer with meals.

Under the previous regulations, small family restaurants were lumped into the same category as bars and nightclubs when it came to liquor licensing.

They all needed to be more than 100 metres away from churches, daycares, schools and the like, said Councillor Rob Lantz, chair of Charlottetown’s planning and heritage committee.

Recently, for example, a small restaurant in the mall behind Source for Sports applied for a licence to serve alcohol products with meals.

A sharp-eyed city staffer noted that a nearby daycare was inside the required 100-metre buffer zone.

It seemed extreme to deny the licence for this and similar restaurants, said Lantz.

“The changes passed separate out simple eating establishments from the definition of entertainment establishments,” said Lantz. “Eating establishments can now get a liquor licence even if they are within 100 metres of those other uses.”

The meeting also passed changes to the Official Plan to provide more precision on definitions and formulas affecting green roofs and ground-level landscaping in Charlottetown’s waterfront zone.

Within that zone, any new construction that will include flat portions of roof must cover those flat portions with something that grows.

It could be grasses or plants proven to be effective for roof coverings, or even shrubs.

The trend for green roofs is well established in Canada, said Lantz.

“They are all over the place and they are already in existence in Charlottetown,” he said.

The city benefits because green roofs control water runoff which ultimately benefits the storm sewer system, while the building benefits from natural cooling in summer and some slight increase in insulation during winter, said Lantz.

The changes to laws and regulations passed by council this week affect the way the city calculates what qualifies as flat roof and how the green roof space relates to ground-level landscaping requirements.

Council also formalized within the Official Plan the exact geographical definition of the 500 Lots central core zone of Charlottetown, said Lantz.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada

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Recent comments

  • taxpayer
    September 03, 2014 - 09:14

    God (or City Council) forbid anything standing in the way of profitmaking. Who applied for this change? Again half a story from the Guardian.

  • Why different rules for different places?
    September 03, 2014 - 05:25

    Why should restaurants be treated any differently? I used to work at a restaurant where we had a guy come in at 11am a couple of times a week and order food but barely eat any of it just so he could have a couple of drinks because the liquor store only opened at 12 those days. (He wouldn't be too drunk at that time, but I'm sure it wasn't long after he was gone before he was) Drinking is drinking, it doesn't matter what type of establishment it is.

  • don
    September 02, 2014 - 17:50

    i'm sure parents will be happy to see drunks coming out of the restaurants in front of he day care. but you will not allow a sex store lol. but i guess it depends on who owns and has the POWER to change the laws. and more profit in booze then the sex trade lol. and the city is showing kids how easy it will be to get drunk. i still think the governments should open drunk stores in school at say grade 10 or before start them young. lots will think i'm nuts but think how many kids have been nailed for drunk driving under the age of 21? and where did they get he booze? 7-11lol