MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — City leaders in Marietta are considering a change in the community’s ordinances that would allow for breweries and distilleries downtown and in other commercial areas.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports the Marietta City Council took up the matter on Wednesday.

Councilman Johnny Sinclair said a new whiskey manufacturer, Lazy Guy Distillery, chose to locate in Kennesaw instead of Marietta because of the way Marietta handles these businesses.

Planning and Zoning Director Rusty Roth said there’s no city code on breweries or distilleries, so the city classifies them in the category of food manufacturing. That limits them to industrially-zoned areas.

Council members are expected to consider a proposed new ordinance Monday that would allow such businesses to locate in commercial areas.


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