City Council Meeting on Proposed Changes to Time Place and Manner Regulations

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Sorry for the late notice on this one, but we wanted to let you know that this Wednesday, September 7th, the Portland City Council will be discussing proposed changes to the city’s Time, Place and Manner regulations. These regulations provide avenue for neighbors and local enforcement agencies to address licensed liquor establishments that pose problems to the surrounding neighborhood. Read on for details.

August 24, 2011

CONTACT: Theresa Marchetti, Liquor Program Specialist

Office of Neighborhood Involvement
503-823-3092 (ph), 503-823-3050 (fx)
Theresa.Marchetti@portlandoregon.gov

PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL AGENDA:
Proposed Changes to City Code Time Place and Manner Regulations of Alcohol Licensed Establishments (PCC 14B.120)

What: Portland City Council will hear presentation and testimony regarding proposed changes to local regulations of liquor licensed establishments.

When: September 7th, 2011 – 2pm

Where: City Hall – Council Chambers – 2nd Floor
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97204

Why:
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Liquor Licensing, overseen by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, will be proposing changes to the city code that allows local regulation of liquor licensed establishments. Enacted in 2004 as an avenue for neighbors and local enforcement agencies to address problem establishments, the Time Place and Manner code has been effective in addressing many livability and public safety issues that arise out of the sale of alcohol. The goal is to work with the licensee to address the issues before they become egregious.  However, there are several areas that the City’s authority is insufficient to address problems. The proposed changes will expand the authority slightly to allow:

  • Drug activity, prostitution, and incidents involving death or the risk of death to be considered nuisance activities for the purpose of this code
  • A violation and abatement process if three nuisance incidents occur in 60 days (rather than 30 days currently allowed)
  • A violation and abatement process in the event that a single serious incident occurs at an establishment

The proposed changes have been reviewed and supported by the Time Place and Manner Oversight Committee, which includes community and industry representation. Two public hearings were held in the summer of 2011 in which the City of Portland accepted both verbal and written feedback. Changes to the language were made based on the feedback received.

Time Place and Manner is a reasonable process to a responsive licensee and has been effective in mitigating harm. These changes will help to better serve the communities of Portland, and ensure that licensed establishments do not act irresponsibly or negligently at the cost of the community. It will also allow the City of Portland to take intervening steps with a premise earlier and avoid more serious problems from occurring. This is the only avenue to address problems at licensed establishments at the local level. All other regulatory authority is held by the state Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The proposed changes are viewable online at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=32419&a=362076.

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