Moratorium: prohibiting new alcohol licensees or the expansion of existing licensed ABC establishments. DC Code. To propose a moratorium, the Code requires petitioners decide whether to propose a moratorium for a locality, section, or portion of the District. These terms refer the areas within a circle with a radius of 600, 1200, or 1800 feet, respectively. Next, petitioners have to choose an establishment to be the center of their proposed moratorium zone, and then demonstrate that the area they have selected meets certain requirements for the petition to be considered by the ABRA board.
Anyone with standing can petition the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for a moratorium on alcohol licenses. The moratorium will simply expire if the Board receives no petition. Those with standing to petition are ANC’s, recognized civic and citizen’s associations, groups of at least five affected persons, and owners of abutting property. If it receives a petition, the Board first rules on the standing of the petitioners and then arranges a public hearing before reaching its decision. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has the ultimate decision on the matter.
According to ABRA, a moratorium petition is only approved if it meets the basic requirements, and the board determines it to be appropriate based on at least two of the following three factors (DC Code § 25-3l3(b)): 1) The effect of the establishment on real property values; 2) The effect of the establishment on peace, order, and quiet, including the noise and litter provisions; 3) The effect of the establishment on residential parking needs and vehicular and pedestrian safety. Overconcentration is not listed. Note: Code and ABRA rules quoted from the anti-NIMBY InMyBackyardDC whose tagline is A group for those who support a liveable, walkable District where development is welcome. (and whose members must not live within boom-boom music and toss-it-now trash distance from any Taverns Galore zone.)I look forward to input from any interested party - residents, 17th Street customers, businesses,churches, etc - and am happy to attend meetings organized by others.
Moratoriums touching ANC2B:
1. West Dupont Moratorium extends 600 feet in all directions from P Street. Created on July 22, 1994 and renewed several times since.
2.East Dupont (a.k.a. 17th Street) on 17th Street between P and S Streets, NW and adjoining street stubs. First issued 1990, repeatedly renewed, expires Sep 29, 2013.approximately six hundred (600) feet in all directions from the intersection of 17th and Q Streets
The moratorium area includes pieces of four ANC2B single member districts (SMD). The Commissioners representing these SMD’s as indicated by their e-mail addresses are Stephanie.Maltz@dupontcircleanc.net , Kishan.Putta@dupontcircleanc.net , Leo.Dwyer@dupontcircleanc.net, and Abigail.Nichols@dupontcircleanc.net. Businesses in or close to the moratorium area in Abigail’s SMD 2B05 are on the south side of the 1600 block of Q, on the east side of the 1500 block of 17th St., and on the north side of the 1600 block of P Street. Others may wish to petition the Board, so watch for more information on timelines for petitioning.
3. (proposed) 14th & U Streets. Proposal by Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance to limit liquor licenses in a three block circle around 12th and U Streets.
May 22. ABC Board public hearing on 14th & U Moratorium 1:30PM at the Board Hearing Room, 4th Floor South, Reeves Municipal Building at 14th& U. e-mail comment through Fri, May 17.
May 8 ANC2B voted 6-1 against the proposed 14th & U Moratorium, with Abigail voting for. Three DCCA presidents (Estrada, Ellis, and Diener) fervently pleaded that the imperfect moratorium is needed because the usual protections for residents are not working. The ANC resolution noted the late-night alcohol-fueled problems emanating from both good and bad alcohol businessess, but without prescribing any new action to remedy the problems.
May 6 DCCA voted unanimously for the 14th & U Moratorium. Meridian Hill Citizens Association earlier voted for the moratorium. Both organizations recognize that a moratorium is a blunt instrument, but one available tool under the constrictions on action imposed by DC Alcohol laws that favor the businesses. One measure of the impact the nightlfe business explosion is having on the neighborhood is a two page list of retail non-alcohol businesses that have departed the area as demand for alcohol space outbids other businesses in purely market economics (reported by Elwyn Ferris of the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance)
Abigail proposed a delay for more consideration of the May 8 vote on the resolution drafted by ANC2B ABRA Policy Committee on 14th & U proposed moratorium. She wanted to allow the whole ANC to consider what a “NO” vote would mean to the petitioners who are a large group of residents beleaguered by the effects of unlimited night-life expansion. There appears to be no other way to slow expansion to give breathing space to the neighborhood, the DC government, and the ANC2B to find solutions or accept the existing problems. Draft Resolution and delay proposal
April . ANC1B ABC Committee voted 10 to 3 against. ANC2F and ANC1B voted unanimously against it.
Mar 19 Public listening meeting by three ANCs (2B, 1B, and 2E) at Thurgood Marshall Center attended by about 160 people showed 6:1 opposition by about 60 self-selected speakers. Dave McAuley's take from Borderstan.