New Charleston businesses near residential areas that serve alcohol facing new zoning rules

Charleston City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance that would require special zoning for new establishments that sell alcohol after midnight and fall with 500 feet of a residential area.

City Council Tuesday gave initial approval to an ordinance that would require special zoning approval for new establishments that allow the on-premise consumption of alcohol after midnight and are within 500 feet of neighborhoods with residential zoning. The ordinance was based on a recommendation from the Late Night Activity Review Committee.

The requirement, which would regulate trash collection, noise and parking, would apply citywide.

Earlier versions of a late-night management plan applied only to the peninsula’s entertainment district, which includes King Street, parts of Meeting and East Bay streets, and the City Market area.

The ordinance now must be approved by the city’s Planning Commission.

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