Work starts on al­co­hol pol­icy

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Plan­ning work for a new city­wide al­co­hol pol­icy that could give com­mu­ni­ties a greater say on booze out­lets has be­gun.

The Sale and Sup­ply of Al­co­hol Act was passed in De­cem­ber, mean­ing the Auck­land Coun­cil can now work on its own lo­cal pol­icy. The pol­icy will guide li­cens­ing de­ci­sions and could also de­ter­mine lo­ca­tion, den­sity and max­i­mum trad­ing hours.

It is ex­pected to take 18 months for the pol­icy to be drawn up and fi­nalised.

Over the next year the coun­cil will be con­sult­ing with the al­co­hol in­dus­try, key stake­hold­ers and the com­mu­nity.

The new act will also see the es­tab­lish­ment of district li­cens­ing com­mit­tees to con­sider and de­ter­mine ap­pli­ca­tions, rather than the coun­cil.

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