Elk­ton ap­proves zon­ing change for brew­eries

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

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