On the agenda for tonight’s Decatur City Commission meeting, something that was referenced a while back in the ongoing discussion about the Callaway property, the potential of a grocery store there, and its close proximity to Decatur High School property.
Now that the Georgia Legislature has passed House Bill 85, which allows local municipalities to lift the “no off-premise consumption alcohol sales within 200 yards of a school” restriction in situations where they deem it appropriate, Decatur is making its move.
The City Commission is scheduled to vote tonight on removing the distance requirements “in relation to schools for licenses issued for a “Consumption on Premises” license issued to restaurants.” They will also take up removing the distance limitation “for a “Consumption Off Premises” license for beer and wine sold in a grocery store.”
A note from Asst. City Manager Lyn Menne to City Manager Peggy Merriss explains the proposed change thusly…
“The City of Decatur, like many cities around the state, is experiencing growth and development based on Smart Growth principles that encourage a variety of uses within walking distance. Because Decatur High School is located in the central business district and possible school expansion is contemplated in the East Decatur commercial district, the current distance limits from schools and colleges are not compatible with plans for mixed-use developments and our desire to attract a new grocery store and specialty market tenants.”