The ANC has hosted three listening sessions and published a draft resolution and report that outlines one option the ANC and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has to extend the moratorium with significant changes.
The draft resolution and report, as well as minutes from those sessions are available HERE.
Liquor licenses and moratoria are divisive issues in our neighborhood. We have heard passionate pleas from supporters of the limit as well as those who believe the moratorium should expire. The draft resolution attempts to find a compromise as it recommends that the moratorium continue on bars and clubs, but lifted on restaurants. This would likely result in the addition of new restaurants in the neighborhood, that could provide more competition to the existing ones on 17th St.
As I stated several times during the discussion on a moratorium at 14th and U, I am sympathetic to the concerns of neighbors negatively impacted by noise, but I do not think a moratorium is an appropriate solution. In this case, the limit has been in effect for over 20 years and its relative success or failure has been debated extensively without consensus.
Though I do not favor this type of market-distorting policy, I may be willing to vote to extend a moratorium only on bars and nightclubs, which folks at the listening sessions tended to support. I've also received emails from neighbors who think any moratorium will negatively impact the area. We must seriously consider the impact of a temporary solution that has been in place for almost a generation and that forces our neighborhood to rehash the same divisive discussion year after year.
I would love to hear from any of you about how you think 17th St has benefited or been harmed by the moratorium and how you think I should vote on Wednesday.
The meeting is Wednesday August 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Brookings Institution.