City seeks second round of input to help shape liquor polices

Offsite liquor salesThe City of Vancouver issued an information bulletin on September 8, 2016. We copy it here as it may interest many people, and the public has a chance to provide input .

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City seeks second round of input to help shape liquor polices

Based on public feedback heard earlier this year, the City of Vancouver developed draft recommendations that will shape the Vancouver Liquor Strategy, and is seeking the public’s input on those recommendations.

An online survey launches today at vancouver.ca/liquor-review to gather public input on 18 recommendations and potential actions to improve experiences around liquor in Vancouver.

The recommendations cover a range of topics such as where and when liquor is sold, made or served; size of venues that serve liquor; rules for patios; and options for no or low-liquor entertainment.

Each action supports at least one of the Vancouver Liquor Strategy’s four goals:

1. Promote the cultural, social and economic benefits of liquor

2. Increase responsible liquor choices for consumers

3. Reduce the negative influence liquor can have on public safety, health, well-being and community fit

4. Ensure fair rules, fees and processes for the liquor industry

Feedback from the public through this second survey will help shape the final recommendations that go to Council later this year.

The survey is open until September 25, 2016.

In spring 2015, the City consulted with businesses and residents to bring updates to the way that the City approaches liquor. From that consultation, the first survey was launched in April of this year to gather information on the public’s general attitudes towards liquor in Vancouver, and the role that the City should play in managing liquor. Almost 9,000 people completed the survey.

Here’s what we learned from the first survey:

· 90% of respondents agreed that it should be easier to create outdoor patios.

· 89% of respondents agreed that the liquor industry is good for the local economy.

· 79% of respondents agreed that bars should be required to meet training and operating standards.

· 75% of respondents agreed that Vancouver’s arts, culture and social life relies on liquor to be successful.

Some of the most popular liquor policy ideas were:

· All artisanal markets to sell locally-made liquor.

· Increase enforcement against bars and restaurants that cause negative community impacts.

To see the rest of the findings, visit vancouver.ca/files/cov/liquor-policy-review-spring-2016-consultation-summary.pdf.

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