Long Beach, CA
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File #: 15-0247    Version: Name: DS - Alcohol Beverage Manufacturing Ordinance
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 3/5/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/7/2015 Final action: 4/7/2015
Title: Recommendation to declare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code by amending Table 32-1 of Chapter 21.32, Table 33-2 of Chapter 21.33, and Table 41-C of Chapter 21.41; and by adding Sections 21.15.135, 21.15.2985, and 21.45.114, all relating to alcoholic beverage manufacturing and accessory tasting rooms, read and adopted as read. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Development Services
Attachments: 1. 032415-H-2sr&att.pdf, 2. 040715-ORD-27att.pdf, 3. 040715-ORD-27 Revised Ordinance.pdf, 4. ORD-15-0010.pdf
Related files: 14-088PL, 15-0248
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
4/7/20152 City Council approve recommendation and adoptPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
3/24/20151 City Council declare ordinance read the first time and laid over to the next regular meeting of the City Council for final readingPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
TITLE
Recommendation to declare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code by amending Table 32-1 of Chapter 21.32, Table 33-2 of Chapter 21.33, and Table 41-C of Chapter 21.41; and by adding Sections 21.15.135, 21.15.2985, and 21.45.114, all relating to alcoholic beverage manufacturing and accessory tasting rooms, read and adopted as read. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
On February 11, 2014, the City Council requested the City Manager to review current licensing and zoning policies related to micro/craft alcoholic beverage production; examine best practices in other localities; engage the local alcoholic beverage manufacturing community for ideas and input; and report back to the City Council.

The Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturing (ABM) industry (including micro/craft breweries, distilleries and wineries) has experienced significant growth across the country in the past 30 years. California, already a national leader in wine production, has also emerged as a leader in the micro/craft brewery sector. Currently, California is the nation’s top producer of both wine and micro/craft beer and has more wineries and micro/craft breweries than any other state in the nation. The growth in the ABM industry, including production facilities and their accessory tasting rooms, has provided economic benefits in the form of investment, jobs, and tourism to many communities and local governments across the state.

The Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) does not include a specific definition for ABM or clear development standards regulating this use. The LBMC does permit similar uses in specific zoning districts, such as the manufacturing of beverages in certain industrial zones, and brewpubs or other similar uses in the Downtown Plan area. However, a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) would be required to open a “tasting room” associated with the ABM use in an industrial zone, and a Zoning Administrator interpretation would be required to determine if a stand-alone ABM facility (u...

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