Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
6856 Eastern Avenue, NW - Suite 314
Washington, DC† 20012
Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012
ANC 4B opposes the legislation as it is currently proposed.
Here are our specific recommendations:
1)† The billís requirement that groups of five protestants live or own property within a 400-foot radius of the establishment is unfair.† The negative impact of a loud and disruptive establishment that can also create significant parking problems can easily extend well beyond 400 feet.† And the differing densities of neighborhoods throughout the city need to be considered as well.
Instead, we ask that those who live or own property within the single member district or the adjoining single member district of the establishment be eligible to protest a new license, a substantial change, or a renewal.† (See Page 14, Lines 9 through 11.)
2.† The billís requirements for protests by civic associations is onerous and impractical and will result in the disenfranchisement of large numbers of affected residents. These proposals include requiring that civic associations notify members seven days prior to a meeting where a vote might be taken on an alcohol license. The city should be encouraging participation by community groups, not eliminating participation.†
The law should also encourage dialogue and problem-solving among establishments, applicants, civic groups, neighbors, and ANCs by requiring that businesses offer to meet with those civic groups and ANCs listed in the Boardís records.
As an alternative, instead of the restrictive requirements on Page 14, Lines 13 through 19 of the bill, if a business, an ANC, or a resident believes that the associationís vote or position violates the associationís rules and procedures or was manipulated or unrepresentative of the group, the Board should hear testimony about the problem and should consider it in its decision.†
3.†† Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B also requests additional hearings and opportunities for public comment.
This resolution was adopted in a unanimous show-of-hands vote during a properly-noticed special public meeting held on October 11, 2012 at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Avenue, NW. †A quorum was present.