"REQUIRE 100 FEET BETWEEN ALCOHOL SALES
AND RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS, DAYCARES, CHURCHES, AND PARKS."
Change of Zone #04003 will remove the
mitigation loophole that allows alcohol sales right
next to homes, daycares, churches, or parks, and instead
require a 100 feet separation. Supporters need to write,
email, and fax right away. Also, plan to attend the
City Council hearing on Monday March 8, 2004 at 1:30pm.
We need a big crowd to show strength.
The current contains a loophole that allows
liquor sales to be as close as they want if they "mitigate
any adverse effects". That allows city council
members to approve applications for almost any reason.
To protect our neighborhoods, this must change!
Here are some facts. (We'll skip the obvious
argument: alcohol and gasoline sales are a terrible
mix. That ought to be a given.) The points here are
fairness, land use, and property rights.
Granting favors to certain businesses
is unfair. When council members reward certain business
owners with special exceptions, they automatically penalize
those law-abiding business owners who choose to play
by the rules. It's very poor policy to slowly force
good businesses to close their doors. 100 feet for everyone
is a clear, fair, and reasonable policy.
Stores selling alcohol right next to homes
are a land use headache. The lighting, signage, traffic,
and noise are tremendous nuisances. Litter and crime
complaints surrounding these stores both increase when
these alcohol permits are approved.
These uses drive down the property values
of the homes next to them. They spoil the neighborhood's
quality of life. People have a right to use their property,
but not to negatively impact their neighbor's property.
That's why we have and need good zoning laws.
To protect our neighborhoods, the current
law needs to be changed, cleared up, and un-cluttered.
The loophole to grant exceptions should be closed, and
the100 foot separation left as the rule. Mayor Seng
has stated her intention to do just this. Let's all
get behind her in this cause and stand up for our neighborhoods.
MAIL: Lincoln City Council 555 S. 10th Street Lincoln,
PUBLIC HEARING: Monday March 8, 2004 at