Where Councilman Branch’s Constituents Fall on Liquor Legislation

In August 2013, CPHA was pleased to report that Councilman Warren Branch reached out to us. We had been concerned that the Councilman was supporting liquor outlets over his constituency in regards to Alcohol Outlet Density Reduction (AODR), a portion of the city’s zoning rewrite that will reduce the saturation of packaged good stores in his neighborhoods and ensure taverns in his neighborhoods act like actual taverns.

However, the Councilman stated that he

  1. was in favor of the portion of zoning legislation that ensures taverns start acting like taverns;
  2. supported the proposed rule that limits new packaged goods stores from opening within 300 feet of existing packaged goods stores; and
  3. would support removing non-conforming packaged goods stores in his district (without compensation) as part of the zoning legislation, as long as he knew his constituency was supportive.

His constituency is supportive and now the Councilman knows:

CPHA has  discussed the legislation with nearly all active community associations that meet in his district. We have confirmed broad support in District 13 for all three portions of the zoning legislation regarding AODR.

  1. Belair Edison is in full support of all three portions of the zoning legislation regarding AODR.  CPHA discussed the alcohol portion of the legislation with the community at an association meeting in November. The President of the Belair Edison Community Association, Danielle Medley, sent Councilman Branch a full letter of support for AODR on 12/20/2013. The letter stressed that he not suggest amendments to gut the legislation or to compensate liquor stores.

 

  1. Broadway East is in full support of all three portions of the zoning legislation regarding AODR. CPHA has discussed the alcohol legislation with Broadway East several times and has found near unanimous support for the legislation in the community. The Association’s president, Terry Booker, sent Councilman Branch a formal letter of support for the legislation on October 2nd just before the Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting on October 3rd.

 

  1. Berea is in full support of all three portions of the zoning legislation regarding AODR. On Thursday September 26th, The Berea Community Association held a special meeting to vote on the AODR portions of the zoning legislation. The vote, of  well over 50 community members, confirmed unanimous support for the legislation with no amendments to compensate liquor stores. Councilman Branch was in attendance.

 

  1. CARE is in full support of all three portions of the zoning legislation regarding AODR. In September 2013, CARE community association held a formal vote on this portion of the legislation. CARE’s president Drew Bennet then sent CPHA a formal letter of support for AODR on September 27th. CPHA  forwarded that letter to the Councilman.

 

  1. Madison East End is in full support of all three portions of the zoning legislation regarding AODR. President Mitchell Henderson sent CPHA their letter of support in October 2013. The letter was forwarded to Councilman Branch and it specifically requested that he 1)  support AODR without any amendments to gut it and 2)  not use the failed BLLC as en excuse to not support needed zoning efforts.

 

  1. Elwood Park/Monument is in full support of all three portions of the zoning legislation regarding AODR. CPHA discussed the legislation with the The Sign of a New Era Inc. Community Association in July 2013. The President, Prudence Johnson, sent Councilman Branch a full letter of support before the AODR October hearing.

 

  1. McElderry Park is in full support of all three portions of the zoning legislation regarding AODR. CPHA has discussed AODR legislation with the association twice and has found near unanimous support for the legislation in the community. The Association’s president, Glenn Ross, gave CPHA a formal letter of support in August 2013. CPHA forwarded the letter to the Councilman.

 

CPHA has yet to meet  formally with  Biddle Street, Milton-Monford, Middle East, Orchard Ridge, and Armistead Gardens. Residents of the former two communities were very supportive of AODR at our East Baltimore Leadership Academy. Dunbar-Broadway, Washington Hill, and Butchers Hill, although primarily in other districts are also partially represented by Councilman Branch. CPHA looks forward to discussing in these districts as well.

CPHA has called Councilman Branch’s office repeatedly in the new year and has not heard back. But the overwhelming majority of Councilman Branch’s constituents already support the AODR portion of the zoning legislation. Does Councilman Branch hear them?

Let the Councilman know how you feel:

District 13, Warren Branch

410-396-4829
410-347-0534 (fax)
Room 505, City Hall
Warren.Branch@baltimorecity.gov

 

 

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