(KCPW News) Next week, the Salt Lake City council will vote on an ordinance that would allow Andy's Place, a beer tavern at 500 East and 300 South, to serve liquor, paving the way for other establishments in residential, mixed-use zones to do the same. The tavern is located in Councilman Luke Garrott's district. He says the conditions Andy's Place must meet, which the council approved last night, include prohibiting loud outside music, and requirements for signage, security plans, and parking lot lighting.
"We were really concerned for the quality of life in these neighborhoods. And we just wanted to make sure for the people who live next door as well as people who live above establishments like this, that their quality of life would be maintained, that we weren't enabling businesses that would make it hard for people to enjoy their living space," Garrott said.
The planning commission had previously suggested more severe measures, like requiring breathalyzer tests and security cameras, but those were not approved by the council. And Garrott says residents should not be afraid that this ordinance would dramatically increase the number of bars.
He notes that the city still has a two bar-per-block maximum. And Garrott says the council seriously considered concerns over public intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.
"The way that we are setting this up for Salt Lake City is not going to add to those public health concerns. In fact, I think they will move those concerns in the opposite direction. If we have establishments where people can walk to it is reducing drunk driving. So those are legitimate concerns, I think their applicability though is very limited in this case," Garrott said.
The city council will vote on the ordinance next Tuesday.