Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 17, 2014

Proposed change would put limit on bars, clubs, lounges in Bluefield, Va.

BLUEFIELD, Va. — A proposed conditional use permitting change in Virginia’s Tallest Town would provide an extra layer of protection for residential and business districts when it comes to the development of bars and nightclubs.

The Bluefield, Va., Town Council has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., at the town council chambers to receive public input on the proposed change to town code dealing with conditional use permits to include the words clubs, bars and lounges.

“It is a change of conditional use,” Bluefield, Va., Town Manager Mike Watson said. “What it does is it adds an extra step to locate a business in a certain district. It’s just a way of protecting a person’s property by using zoning.”

Watson said there are no current permits for bars, night clubs or lounges pending in the town. He said the proposed town code change simply provides future protection for the town.

“It’s not — not allowing — a business,” Watson said. “It is just making a person go through an extra step.”

Watson said there are some residential and business districts in the town where a bar or night club would not be an appropriate setting. He said current town code also has stipulations dealing with hotels, motels, hospitals, amusement parks, hawk farms and garbage refuse sites.

Watson said there are no current stand-alone bars or nightclubs in the town. However, several national chain restaurants do serve alcohol.

“You have restaurants that sell alcohol by the drink,” Watson said. “But we do not have what I would consider a bar in the town of Bluefield.”

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com쇓

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