Currently, these establishments are allowed by right with no use standards that are to be met to ensure related activities are compatible with the surrounding land uses and the community. The previous effort to apply to all restaurants and bars was ditched after the CRA’s successful ongoing negotiations with the Supervisors.
The Sacramento County Planning Commission (not the Board of Supervisors) is now revisiting the issue. Primarily focused on only new bars and taverns, the Commission is looking to require conditional use permits for these establishments.
While the CRA will continue to work with the commission to encourage them to have a process that is open to stakeholders for discussion and justification of this proposal, it will be important to keep this regulatory body focused only on new bars and taverns and to mitigate any onerous requirements and costs.
The proposed amendment is intended to enable Sacramento County and community members to review project elements and to implement conditions of approval to reduce the likelihood of the business becoming a nuisance property.
Existing bars and taverns that have obtained a special license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), if lawfully established, shall be considered a permitted use, and shall not be required to obtain a Certificate of Nonconforming Use.
However, if the special ABC license is changed to a different type, or transferred to a different address, or if the use itself is expanded in any way, the use shall be subject to the proposed permit requirements and use standards pursuant.
In advance of this proposed amendment, county staff have sent out notices to existing establishment
owners with information related to the proposed requirements. The next public hearing is on Monday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m., and the CRA will be there to share comments and concerns.
A link to some of the information is here:
Proposed ordinance language (note page 5):
If you have any comments on this proposal, please share them with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org