City Inches Forward With Beer-Friendly Zoning Rules

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Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
More of this, please.
Wouldn't it be nice if you had a magic wand you could wave and -- voila -- a keg or three of small-batch craft beer from a local microbrewery. The city of Dallas is working on its own version of the trick which, this being the city, happens in slow motion as it requires approval from several layers of bureaucracy, but still: Beer!

The City Council's Economic Development Committee will hear in about an hour about proposed changes to the city's development code that will allow microbreweries and wineries to operate in places where one might expect a microbrewery or winery to operate.

Up 'til now, the only place one can establish a brewery of any sort is in an industrial area ("alcoholic beverage manufacturing" is listed right above "gas drilling and production" on the city's list of allowed industrial uses). Which is fine for Anheuser-Busch but does not lend itself to the ethos or scale for a typical microbrewery. Brewpubs have been allowed under a different part of code, which at least partially explains the existence of Humperdinks, but nothing can be produced for off-site consumption.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and a handful of others were able to circumvent the rules through zoning that allowed food production or similar loopholes, said David Cossum, assistant director of sustainable development and construction. But it quickly became clear as microbreweries seemed to be turning into a thing that the city's old regulations were woefully inadequate.

Enter Cossum and city planners, who drafted new rules that were passed last month by the City Plan Commission. There are more specifics, but the main change is the insertion of this definition into city code:

MICROBREWERY, MICRODISTILLERY, OR WINERY means an establishment for the manufacture, blending, fermentation, processing, and packaging of alcoholic beverages with a floor area of 10,000 square feet or less that takes place wholly inside a building. A facility that only provides tasting or retail sale of alcoholic beverages is not a microbrewery, microdistillery, or winery use.

You still won't be able to open a microbrewery in your garage, and would-be microbrewers will still have to go before the City Council for a Specific Use Permit, but this will presumably be easier since city code would now tell them its okay. The zoning change is set to go before the entire council on June 27 where, if council members know what's good for them, it will pass.

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9 comments
Coleman
Coleman

 I'm not saying Dallas doesn't have it's flaws, but this one-up bullshit people do when they try to pinpoint the absolute instant Dallas started turned to shit in their eyes is absurd.

Plair-H8R
Plair-H8R

I hope the bikepaths run thru these parking lots.

Anon
Anon

let's all moan and complain about Dallas being out of touch when they finally get with it and pass a law we like (the subsequent commenters were worse than you, to be fair). who cares if it was a long time coming. the people who are passing this law can't change what happened in the past.

Coleman
Coleman

 NUH UH MORE LIKE 90 YEARS. Jesus christ, fucking pissing match. There's much shittier parts of the country than this.

Daniel
Daniel

That should be our marketing tagline: Dallas! There's Much Shittier Parts of the Country Than This (TM)

A-nony-mouse
A-nony-mouse

Last I saw, the neighborhood gardens rules passed and in a form that made it pretty easy to set them up and run them. Did I miss something?

Andy Nold
Andy Nold

I re-read that first sentence three times and I'm pretty sure there is a missing word or phrase.

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

OPPS that's right 1940 was 70 years ago, sorry. 70 years behind the rest of the world.

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

Dallas has always been 30 years behind the times in ALL they do.

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