Elkton approves zoning change for breweries
ELKTON — The town board of commissioners approved a zoning change Wednesday night that will allow breweries and brewpubs to locate in the town’s commercial business districts.
The ordinance proposes to allow a restaurant with a brewpub license to operate in Elkton’s highway commercial zone, the highway interchange commercial zone and the town center zone. The ordinance would also allow a production brewery to locate in those same zones, under certain conditions.
The board unanimously approved the ordinance Wednesday, but Mayor Rob Alt said he wants to learn more about the types of wastewater produced by breweries. He requested that a representative from Severn Trent, the town’s contracted utility opera- tor, attend the town workshop next week to brief the board.
“I know of one brewery hopefully on its way and we might have a second one on its way; a larger scale and a smaller scale,” Alt said. “I think it’s very important for us to understand the impacts.”
One of the breweries that would benefit from the zoning change is Maryland Beer Company, which announced last spring that it was eying an Elkton location for a brewery and taproom.
The zoning change specifically allows for a restaurant with a Maryland Class 6M Pub Brewery License and a production brewery with a Maryland Class 5M Production Brewery License to locate in the town’s commer- cial business districts.
Class 5M production breweries can brew an unlimited amount of beer. The license allows for the breweries to obtain a county license for on-premise consumption of up to 500 barrels per year. The license also allows for the brewery to obtain a dis- tribution license to wholesale up to 3,000 barrels of beer annually if the licensee produces less than 22,500 barrels annually.
A Class 6M Pub Brewery may brew 2,000 barrels a year, but cannot distribute to other restaurants or retailers.