In February, I did a couple of posts – Save the Funk and Save the Funk Part Deux – to give my readers the heads-up about an issue in front of the Charlotte City Council regarding the definition of restaurant and how changing that definition would affect many of Charlotte’s walkable neighborhoods.
There has been new movement in the situation. Tonight, May 9, 2013, recommendations for the Restaurants, Nightclubs, Bars and Lounges amendment will be presented at the Citizen Advisory Group meeting. The meeting is from 6:00 pm. to 7:30 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC) located at 600 E. Fourth Street in Room 267.
Some highlights of the amendment include:
defining the new types of Eating, Drinking and Entertainment Establishments.
comparison of the new serving regulations applicable to each type of Eating, Drinking and Entertainment Establishment.
comparison of the new distance regulations applicable to each type of Eating, Drinking and Entertainment Establishment.
The full text amendment can be found on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning website.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department says these proposed changes:
make it simpler for business to know how to comply with the rules and make it easier for the City of Charlotte to enforce its rules on behalf of citizens.
relax a number of requirements for Eating Drinking and Entertainment Establishments (EDEE) to allow them to adapt and innovate to serve Charlotte’s diverse business and neighborhood environment.
identify and address the need to regulate the secondary impacts that have been expressed by residential property owners.
create simpler classifications and more flexible rules that impact less than 2% of existing EDEEs.
I encourage you to continue to share your voice on this issue and stand up for our awesome walkable neighborhoods!