- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Ancillary breweries will be allowed in restaurants in two downtown zones and in regional shopping center areas after Provo city officials approved amending the land use code.

Provo City Council voted 4-3 on the amendment after hearing public comments, the Daily Herald reported Tuesday.

Supporters have said it allows brew pubs to have economic value, bring more diversity and provide a welcoming atmosphere for visitors outside of Provo, while those who oppose the change have mentioned the health and safety of residents.

“Brewpubs will not be a major economic development initiative, but they would bring in some tax revenue, boost tourism in the downtown and shopping areas, and boost the appeal of the convention center and thus increase the number of people who visit downtown and the SC3 zone,” said John Magness, a Provo City Council policy analyst.

A general, unscientific survey was made available from Jan. 30 to Feb. 11 to hear more from city residents, officials said. About 1,350 responses were submitted and more than half thought brewpubs would have no effect on public safety, the survey said.

The concern is that allowing brewpubs in the city could potentially increase reports of drunken driving and DUI-related citations and crashes, opponents said.

According to the survey, limited research suggests that brewpubs increase incidents of drunk driving, but DUI citation numbers before and after brewpubs opened in Springville and Lehi show that DUIs did not increase due to the brewpubs.

“Provo city code has robust requirements for beer licenses. If the council would like to introduce additional licensing requirements for brewpubs, they could direct staff to do so either by amending the Class “B” beer license or drafting a new Class “F” license specifically for brewpubs,” Magness said. “It should be remembered that licensing requirements must be applied fairly to all locations that serve alcohol unless the city has an articulable, rational reason why they should apply only to brewpubs.”

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