November 5, 2013

Dalton OKs ordinance for alcohol producers

From Staff Reports

— A change in Dalton’s zoning ordinance could bring a local distillery closer to beginning production.

The City Council voted 4-0 Monday to approve an ordinance that would allow brewpubs, microbreweries, microdistilleries and microwineries (which produce less than 10,000 barrels of alcohol per year) in some commercial districts and to allow breweries, distilleries and wineries in manufacturing districts.

Mayor David Pennington usually votes to break ties.

City Administrator Ty Ross said the impetus for the change in the city’s zoning code is a plan by a local businessman to open a small distillery in downtown Dalton. That distillery, Dalton Distillers, at 109 E. Morris St., will share its location with Old Moonshiners, a museum and retail store.

In a recent interview, Chuck Butler, the businessman who plans to open the distillery, said that the federal shutdown had delayed the licenses he needs to open the facility. He said that after he gets that license it will take about five weeks to get state approval to start making whiskey.

The council also voted 4-0 to rezone a .46 acre lot on 1205 W. Walnut Ave. to neighborhood commercial from low-density residential. The property is part of a parking lot.

The council also recognized November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.