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City of Vancouver Land Use and Development Policies and Guidelines

LIQUOR LICENSING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Adopted by City Council October 16 and November 6, 1990 Amended May 28, 1992, July 11, 1996, June 19, 1997 and December 11, 1997

City Council has approved the following policies and procedures based on the recommendations of the Vancouver Liquor Licensing Commission: 1. 2. THAT the requirement of a referendum for a liquor license application be maintained, except in the Theatre Row Entertainment District (700, 800 and 900 blocks of Granville Street). (a) THAT applications for a liquor license(s) which is contained in a proposed new hotel development be considered as part of the development application process; (b) AND THAT the written notification for such proposals contain specific reference to the licensed premises and be sent to all residents and businesses within the notification area as defined by the liquor licensing process; (c) AND THAT all such applications be reported by the Director of Planning to the Liquor Licensing Commission for consideration; (d) AND THAT a referendum is not required for the licensed premises contained within a proposed new hotel development. Favourable consideration should be given to proposals which encourage licensed establishments in residential areas to reduce their impacts or to relocate to non-residential areas, i.e., changes to hours of operation, seating capacity, or type of license. Council will give favourable consideration to endorsing applications for extensions of hours of operation or increased seating capacities in existing licensed establishments throughout the City, subject to neighbourhood consultation and legal agreements that deal with neighbourhood impacts and secure the affordability and upgrading of low-income housing, or which provide other significant public benefits. If a licensed establishment, which is non-conforming to the Zoning and Development By-law, has been discontinued for more than 90 days. The Director of Permits & Licenses will notify the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch that the status of non-conforming use has been lost, and that staff will take action on what has become an unlawful activity.

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Downtown Core 1. THAT applications for new liquor licenses located within the Downtown Core, as defined by the attached map, be subject to notification, and referendum (if required), within a 1,000 ft. (305 m) radius (approximate) of the proposed site, except in the Theatre Row Entertainment District (700, 800 and 900 blocks of Granville Street). Favourable consideration should be given to proposals for entertainment uses in the Central Business District.

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Downtown-Eastside And Gastown 1. 2. 3. THAT no new liquor licenses or amendments to existing licenses to increase seating capacity or extend hours of sale (except restaurant Class 1 “B” license) be permitted in the Downtown Eastside or Gastown areas. THAT no new liquor retail outlets be permitted in the Downtown Eastside or Gastown areas. THAT new liquor licenses forming part of a new hotel or major complex be considered on a case-bycase basis in the Downtown Eastside.

Theatre Row Entertainment District 1. Allowance should be made in-principle for a combined total of up to 1,000 Class A (Hotel Pub or Lounge), Class C (Cabaret) and Class D (Neighbourhood Pub) liquor licensed seats on Theatre Row, consistent with the Theatre Row Policing Strategy and generally distributed as follows: (i) 700 Block of Granville - 2 cabarets, or 1 cabaret and 2 neighbourhood pubs, or 1 cabaret and 1 hotel pub and/or lounge and 1 neighbourhood pub. (ii) 800 Block of Granville - 2 neighbourhood pubs, or 1 hotel pub and/or lounge and a neighbourhood pub, or possible consideration of a cabaret on the west side of Granville and 1 neighbourhood pub. (iii) 900 Block of Granville - 2 cabarets and 2 neighbourhood pubs, or 2 cabaret (130 seat maximum) and 3 neighbourhood pubs, or 1 cabaret, 2 neighbourhood pubs and one hotel pub/lounge. The following process should be initiated to determine which liquor license applications can be considered for approval on Theatre Row: (i) only proposals for Class A, C or D liquor licenses which result in a reduction of seats in the residential areas in or near Downtown South should be considered for the Theatre Row Entertainment District until December 1998, except small lounges associated with new hotels and that these small lounges be excluded from the 1,000 seats identified for Theatre Row. All applications for new licensed seats in the 700 to 1300 Blocks of Granville Street, including Theatre Row, be referred to the Chief of Police, General Manager of Engineering Services, Chief License Inspector and Director of Central Area Planning to ensure that on an ongoing basis licensed establishments: (i) meet the location requirements of the Policing Strategy; (ii) provide a business plan demonstration financial viability and sound management experience related to a liquor licensed establishment; (iii) minimize noise and line-up impacts; (iv) install non-breakable glass for ground floor storefronts; and, if chosen, retractable non-solid grilles; (v) provide active streetfront daytime retail or services on Granville Street for the interest and enjoyment of pedestrians; (vi) operate video cameras to provide surveillance of adjacent sidewalks and lanes; (vii) provide adequate lighting in the lanes; (viii) provide only servicing and emergency access to and from the lanes; and (ix) work with staff, local merchants and property owners to improve the cleanliness and reduce the amount of graffiti and litter on the street, lanes and adjacent properties. Applications for Class ‘A’,’C’, or ‘D’ seats on Theatre Row that meet the requirements outlined in Theatre Row Policy No. 3 above should be evaluated according to the following criteria: (i) reducing the number of licensed seats in the residential areas of Downtown South; (ii) contributing to the retention or provision of low-income housing; (iii) helping preserve a heritage building; (iv) resulting in the development of a new building, designed to enhance Theatre Row’s historic character; (v) adding to the variety of entertainment opportunities needed to ensure the success and vitality of Theatre Row as an entertainment district; (vi) creating employment and training opportunities for low-income residents of the downtown; (vii) providing other significant public benefit; and (viii) maximizing distance from other class ‘A’, ‘C’, or ‘D’ licensed establishments.

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The following incentives should be offered, if requested by applicants, to help attract applications to Theatre Row, especially those which would relocate existing seats from the residential areas of Downtown South: (i) using the response to a neighbourhood notification as an alternative to formal polling in order to determine public support; (ii) relaxing the distancing requirement to permit one or more neighbourhood pubs; (iii) allowing pay-in-lieu parking; (iv) minimizing the number of people exiting out onto the street at the same time, on a trial basis, by extending the closing time of cabarets to 3:00 a.m., with no alcoholic beverages sold after 2:00 a.m.; and (v) considering other proposals which result in a net public benefit for the community.

Robson Street (Howe To Homer) And Yaletown 1. Favourable consideration be given to relaxing the one mile minimum distancing requirement for endorsing several applications for Class D “local pubs” on Robson Street (Howe to Homer), or Yaletown, subject to a legal agreement indicating there will be no outdoor patio seating, off-site sale, exotic dancing, amplified music or a dance floor on the premises, and that it will not be operated in conjunction with an adjacent restaurant. Favourable consideration should be given to endorsing applications for Class 2 restaurants (in Yaletown) limited to 150 seats on a case-by-case basis, subject to polling nearby residents and property owners. Favourable consideration should be given to endorsing applications for hotel pubs and lounges, Class 2 restaurants and neighbourhood pubs on a case-by-case basis along Robson Street (Howe to Homer), subject to polling of nearby residents and properly owners.

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Plaza of Nations 1. 2. Consideration should be given to endorsing new cabarets in the Plaza of Nations on a case-by-case basis, subject to the neighbourhood referendum process and completion of appropriate zoning. Consideration be given to a pub or lounge in the Plaza of Nations if proposed in conjunction with a new hotel, which will require rezoning, and be subject to evidence demonstrating support by nearby residents and property owners.

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