TYLER — The City of Tyler Planning and Zoning Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on November 6. One agenda item under consideration will relate to a local ordinance regulating certain aspects of the sale of beer and wine in the City of Tyler, should the ballot measure scheduled for the Nov. 6 election pass. The Planning and Zoning Commission will ultimately make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the content of the local ordinance. The public will have an opportunity to provide input into the process at the meeting, scheduled for 1:30pm on November 6 at Liberty Hall, 103 East Erwin Street.
“The City has been working for several months to prepare a local ordinance that will be ready for adoption at the Nov. 13 City Council meeting,” said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. “We want to ensure that local guidelines are in place, should the measure pass. The Planning and Zoning Commission plays an important role in shaping what the Council may ultimately adopt.” You can go to http://www.cityoftyler.org to view the agenda for the meeting, along with a draft ordinance.
On July 25, 2012, the City Council called for the election after confirming the validity of petitions submitted to the City Clerk. At that time, Mayor Bass appointed a subcommittee of the City Council to begin developing a draft ordinance to address the aspects of this issue that are within the jurisdiction of the City to regulate. “I was surprised at how little is actually left up to the discretion of the City to control,” said Councilmember Mark Whatley, who led the subcommittee. “Most of the regulations are mandated by state law. In some situations, we can be more flexible; however, in most cases we were not able to be more restrictive than state law allowed.”