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May 28, 2020 City Council Regular Meeting
29. Approval to Amend Section 7.14 Alcohol Overlay of the Zoning Ordinance (File No. 20-002052-ZA)
Strategic Priority
Neighborhood Revitalization

This item was continued from the May 14, 2020 agenda.

The City of Savannah's Zoning Code and Zoning Map include an Alcohol Density Overlay District to address the concentration of establishments engaging in the sales and/or service of alcohol in certain areas which contribute to undesirable conditions and activity, such as littering, loitering, aggressive panhandling, noise and increased vehicular traffic.  The Overlay District establishes standards to curtail or prevent these and other detrimental actions from diminishing property values and the quality of life for nearby residents and property owners.

The proposed revisions build on the community engagement that occurred last year and include:

  • Restricting restaurants from serving, selling, or dispensing alcoholic beverages in the AD-2 District (Montgomery Street Area), AD-3 District (Ogeechee Road Area), and  AD-4 District (Liberty City Area).

  • Prohibiting a person from possessing an alcoholic beverage license in an alcohol density overlay district to change, modify, or expand the classification or type of alcoholic beverage license held by such person in an Alcohol Density Overlay District.

Public comments will be accepted prior to the meeting beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 8am until Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 12 noon.  Please contact the Clerk of Council's Office via email at or via phone at (912) 651-6441.



Bridget Lidy, Planning and Urban Design Director
Financial Impact
Review Comments
Exhibit 1: Revisions - Section 7.14 Alcohol Density Overlay District.pdf
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