City of Lincoln
VETO OVERRIDE ON ALCOHOL SPECIAL PERMITS
“The fact that the City Council and I disagree on the adequacy of plans to mitigate the impact of alcohol sales on these two neighborhoods speaks to the need to establish clearer rules.
“A clearly stated ordinance that simply prohibits alcohol sales within 100 feet of a residential area would be better for neighborhoods, easier for the City to administer and more clear for businesses.
“The City Code currently prohibits alcohol sales within that 100-foot distance unless there is an approved mitigation plan approved to offset the secondary effects alcohol sales often create, such as light or noise that would bother neighbors.
“Guessing how effective such mitigation plans might be is an inexact science. The ordinance originally offered a mitigation option in an attempt to provide for special circumstances. However, the result has been confusing and needlessly contentious.
“Regardless of the override, the mitigation provision needs to be changed. I have directed the City Law Department to prepare an amendment to this ordinance that eliminates the mitigation option. I will be talking with the City Council about making such a change.”