A third meeting to discuss a possible microbrewery text amendment in Charlotte will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in room 280 of the Goverment Center on Thursday, March 7. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department has sponsored this process to determine if microbreweries might be appropriate in additional districts other than the industrial districts known as I-1 and I-2, to which they are now confined.
During the first microbrewery text amendment meeting, attendees (known now as the “Citizen Advisory Group”) were tasked with coming up with some potential definitions for a microbrewery. The meeting minutes provide a good recap of the discussion. In the second meeting, we discussed which other districts might be suitable for microbreweries, and what sort of restrictions might need to be applied to microbreweries if they were to enter these districts.
After this second meeting, the planning department issued a proposed amendment that, if approved at a public meeting on March 19, will add a definition for breweries (there currently is not one). While this step in the process won’t allow breweries to exist in the urban districts, it will loosen restrictions for them in I-1 and I-2. An attempt to get the breweries in urban districts should come later. John Marrino of The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery seems pleased with this approach — you can read his statement here.
Bridget Dixon of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department sent this table outlining the conditions breweries would be held to in the urban districts if this were allowed. This will be a topic of discussion for the third meeting before being pushed forward.