Craft Beverage Business Rules Headed for Vote

County planning commissioners and staff are almost done working toward allowing more craft breweries and distilleries in Loudoun.

Commissioners at a work session Thursday, March 14, worked through details of the new ordinance and suggestions from staff and the Zoning Ordinance Action Group.

“We’re basically fine with it,” said ZOAG Vice Chairman Lou Canonico. “I think maybe we had a few cleanup things that we mentioned in our referral, but other than that, ZOAG didn’t have any major concerns or problems.”

First among those cleanup items were questions about outdoor tasting rooms. Staff recommended rules around hours, lighting, setbacks, and noise that would be required of outdoor seating and restaurants in the same zoning districts.

After suggesting relaxing some rules to more closely mimic the rules governing outdoor restaurant seating, the planning commission voted to send the proposed zoning ordinance amendment to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

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