Family restaurants separated from bars under liquor bylaw

Nigel Armstrong NArmstrong@TheGuardian.pe.ca
Published on September 2, 2014
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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.