F’ville gives preliminary OK for amending alcohol, zoning rules

The Fayetteville City Council as expected heard the first reading on requests to amend two ordinances at its Dec. 2 meeting. One of those pertained to a request to amend the alcohol ordinance to clear up possible conflicting language while the other proposed amendment would eliminate some of the uses in the Light Manufacturing (M-1) and Heavy Manufacturing (M-2) zoning districts.

Police Chief Steve Heaton told council members his office found a discrepancy in areas of the ordinance pertaining to employees affiliated with the sale, delivery and serving of alcohol.

Heaton requested that the verbiage in the ordinance be re-stated to note that employees cannot have been convicted of any offense relating to the manufacture, sale or misuse of alcoholic beverages within the preceding two years rather than in a one-year time frame noted elsewhere in the ordinance.

Heaton in a November memo noted the existence of the conflict in two portions of the ordinance and requested that the conflict be remedied.

Pertaining to the proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance, city senior planner Linwood Robinson in a recent memo said, “During its review of the M-1 and M-2 zoning districts, staff determined that there are several inappropriate or undesirable uses within the M-1 and M-2 categories. Staff proposes to omit or prohibit these uses in the current ordinance.”

Included in the proposal is the prohibition or omission of meat processing plants, wastewater treatment facilities, sawmills and other milling operations, sanitary landfills and waste transfer facilities. Robinson said city staff is recommending that mulch composting facilities be added to the permitted uses.

“This determination was made because of the adverse impact the use would or does have on the surrounding community. In some cases, certain uses were also omitted or prohibited because it is now deemed obsolete or unnecessary by current development trends and standards,” Robinson said.

In response to a question during the discussion about businesses such as pet grooming facilities being included in the M-1 zoning district, city manager Joe Morton said some business operations are allowed in more than one zoning category.