Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B/U Street passed a set of general guidelines for liquor licenses at its regular monthly meeting on September 5. The vote was 7-0, with one abstention. Four Commissioners were absent.
ANC1B's liquor licensing guidelines were previously reported here.
There were four last minutes changes to the draft.
1) Complaining neighbors now must live 200 feet within a liquor-serving establishment, instead of 400 feet.
2) The ANC's decision to consider a protest will be based on the number (i.e., more than one) of complaining households, not complaining people. A household will be defined as a one or more person living at the same address. For example, two complainers living at the same address will be considered as one.
3) The ANC will be sensitive to request for changes of liquor license category from CR (restaurant) to CT (tavern), and will consider them on a case-by-case basis.
4) The characterization of the document was changed throughout from "standards" to "guidelines". This was in response to worries expressed by local licensees at the September 5 meeting that future generations of ANC Commissioners would see the document as written in stone and not subject to interpretation or change.
ANC1B held a town hall meeting on the standards on September 3.