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CITY OF ANAHEIM PUTS OUT THE WELCOME MAT FOR CRAFT BEER AND MICROBREWERIES; CUTS MORE RED TAPE
ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 28, 2014) Already known for its commitment to freedom and limited government, Anaheim took another step this week to make it easier for entrepreneurs to do business in the city.
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, acting on the recommendation of the Mayor’s Regulatory Relief Task Force, the City Council unanimously voted to eliminate the requirement to obtain a conditional use permit in current commercial and industrial zone properties for small business owners opening a craft brewery or microbrewery.
“I want Anaheim to be known as the easiest place to do business in the state,” said Mayor Tom Tait. “Reducing red tape and making it easier for all types of industries to do business in our city is good for our economy, good for the job market and solidifies our reputation as a business-friendly city.”
The Code amendments approved on Tuesday allow for nearly 90% of current commercial and industrial zoned properties to be available for the growing craft brew and microbrewery industry without requiring these small business owners to obtain a conditional use permit. That saves both time and processing costs, and the updated Code will include operational standards to ensure the businesses are good neighbors. The Code amendments also allow for small distilled liquor businesses.
This new Code category, called “Alcohol Beverage Manufacturing,” includes permits for manufacturing as well as tasting rooms within commercial and industrial zones, all in accordance with valid alcohol production licenses issued by the State of California. Alcohol beverage manufacturing will not be permitted in existing Neighborhood Commercial, Low Density officer or High Density Office zones. Although the proposed Code amendment eliminates the need for a conditional use permit, typical conditions of approval added through the process will be incorporated as Code requirements. The Code also introduces operational standards such as building size, outdoor space, and occupancy.
For more information on this specific Code amendment, please call Scott Koehm in the City’s Planning Department, at 714-765-5395 or visit www.anaheim.net/planning.
For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.