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Catasauqua council discusses craft beverage ordinance amendment

CATASAUQUA, Pa. - Catasauqua Council discussed an amendment to the borough’s craft beverage ordinance at its Monday workshop meeting.

The amendment would spell out a series of requirements for craft beverage manufacturing facilities that want to apply for a special exception in order to build outside of an industrial zone.

A facility would need to have all required licenses, sell beverages manufactured by other companies, and provide a quarterly report to the borough as well as the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

A facility could include a warehousing unit and be able to sell its products wholesale as well as brew crafts beverages on-site.

The amendment would provide for a 4,000-square-foot limit to any such facility and require one parking space be included for every 200 square feet. Any outside area would be covered under the square foot limit.

For instance, if a facility were 4,000 square feet, 20 parking spaces would be required.

Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker said that the borough considered the size of a mid-sized Wawa market in determining the size limit of such a facility.

The amendment would also require a manufacturing facility to include a tasting room as well as provide food to customers. An outside food truck would fulfill this requirement. Any food truck would need a license to operate.

In response to Councilman Brian Bartholomew’s question about whether the food trucks would be subject to the same type of inspections as a restaurant, Borough Manager Gene Goldfeder said he was “not sure.”

Solicitor Dinkelacker said that he does not anticipate the state Liquor Control Board challenging any of the amendment’s provisions because it deals with zoning issues, rather than directly restricting how much beer can be produced.

Dinkelacker said that the entire process of debating and adopting the amendment would take about 60-75 days and would include a public hearing.

The amendment will be discussed at the Nov. 6th Regular Council meeting.

In other news, Councilwoman Christine Weaver said that the borough won the award for overall community distinction at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s recent gala and awards ceremony.

The award went to the borough for its ongoing waterfront development project, including its creation of a waterfront zoning district in 2016.

The borough also completed an $11 million Iron Works municipal building in August.

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