Cedartown Planning and Zoning meeting

Cedartown City Manager Bill Fann discussed the changes being sought to zoning ordinances for breweries, wineries and prewpubs to open in Cedartown to the city's planning and zoning commission last week. They approved the changes without any amendments. (Contributed by Gary Martin)

The City of Cedartown’s changes to the alcohol control ordinance to allow for breweries, wineries and brewpubs need only clear one more hurdle after the Planning Commission gave their nod of approval to the plan.

City manager Bill Fann said the board voted unanimously to approve the needed zoning changes that are to be made if the amendments to the alcohol control ordinance are receive a yes vote from the city commission on Dec. 11.

Fann said the changes sought to commercial and industrial zoning to allow for breweries, wineries or brewpubs to operate in the city limits were approved by the planning commission member without any amendments or changes sought.

He said the changes to the city’s alcohol control ordinance will come before the City Commission during their final meeting of 2017.

Fann hopes that the changes will attract those brewpubs looking to expand to look at Cedartown as a potential place to invest.

Fann added that there has been local interest in the business idea.

If approved, brewpubs, breweries and wineries would be allowed to operate within the city and produce state-sanctioned quantities of beer or wine for wholesale distribution on an industrial scale, and for brewpubs a mix of package and in-house sales as well.

The ordinance amendment additionally sets fees to be charged for licenses and establishes areas where brewpubs could operate in commercial areas like the downtown Main Street corridor or along North Main Street as examples. Larger-scale operations would be pushed toward the industrial parks where they would have more room to operate.

“This is a great opportunity for us to find investment in Cedartown,” Fann said.

Check back in the Dec. 20 edition for more on the City Commission’s decision on the alcohol ordinance amendment.