Liquor Control Board to review Tacoma’s request for a second Alcohol Impact Area

April 24, 2008

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board will hold a meeting May 7 in Tacoma to review a request by the city of Tacoma to adopt a second Alcohol Impact Area (AIA) in the Lincoln District. Time is provided for public comment.

What: Liquor Control Board Meeting to Review Tacoma AIA Request

When: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Tacoma City Council Chambers, 747 Market Street, Tacoma

Within the Lincoln District Alcohol Impact Area boundaries are 62 liquor licensed businesses and three state liquor stores.

The Tacoma City Council enacted Ordinance 27602 creating a voluntary Alcohol Impact Area in the Lincoln District in April 2007. If chronic public inebriation and associated problems have not reduced following the voluntary AIA period, the next step is for the local authority to request the Liquor Control Board adopt the area as a mandatory Alcohol Impact Area.

Tacoma has one other Alcohol Impact Area approved in 2003 by the Liquor Control Board. Tacoma is the first city in the state to use the Alcohol Impact Area rules. Besides the original Tacoma Alcohol Impact Area, three other Board-approved Alcohol Impact Areas exist in Washington, all in the city of Seattle.

Written comments about the city’s request will be accepted by the Liquor Control Board’s Licensing and Regulation Division through Friday May 23, 2008, by mail, fax, or e-mail:

U.S. Mail: Alan Rathbun, Director of Licensing and Regulation Division

Washington State Liquor Control Board

PO Box 43098

Olympia, WA 98504-3098

Fax: (360) 753-2710


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