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Bethlehem Township updating ordinances

Alcohol-based businesses, food trucks included

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - The Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners Monday reviewed the specifics of its newly proposed zoning ordinances with regard to breweries, distilleries, wineries, and food trucks.

Township planning director Nathan Jones said currently the township has little to nothing in ordinance specifics regarding the aforementioned businesses. He added that any ordinance changes and revisions would have to be reviewed by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission before returning to the commissioners for their approval.

According to current township zoning, local breweries, microbreweries, brewpubs and wineries can operate in commercial designations, whereas larger scale distilleries would have to set up shop in an industrial park, Jones said.

Additionally operating as restaurants, brewpubs also would be permitted to exist in most commercial zones, including former restaurant and retail sites, Jones said. He cited as an example the possible revamping of the former Christmas Barn location.

He said the township has a particular interest in promoting the successful reopening of current vacant businesses sites, which township officials prefer over new construction.

Regarding food trucks, these currently can operate by permission only on private property and have to not only possess a township permit but also be licensed by the state, according to Jones. However, township ordinances fail to address food truck violations in the zoning laws.

Per proposed zoning amendments, additional requirements for conditional uses for all business categories include having 30 percent seating/eating or tasting space in addition to the necessary current Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licenses.

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