This page clarifies our position regarding new cocktail lounges and breweries proposed for the East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood.
While we support existing CS-1 zoning and new businesses in existing CS-1 zoning, we are opposed to conditional use permits that create new cocktail lounges and breweries for the following reasons:
- The East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Plan envisions a mix of “businesses which serve neighborhood residents and residents that support local businesses.” We do not want to become a drinking destination for the city.
- Many existing businesses in the East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood serve the neighborhood’s and city’s demand for cocktail lounges and breweries. We do not support making exceptions to existing zoning in order to create additional cocktail lounges and breweries.
- The East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Plan and the Plaza Saltillo TOD Station Area Plan both envision, and the Team supports, dense mixed use including residential, commercial and civic elements. Cocktail lounges and breweries in addition to existing CS-1 businesses are counter to this desired mix.
- We have found no support in the East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Plan (adopted 1999) nor in the Regulation Plan for the Plaza Saltillo TOD for an increase in cocktail lounges and breweries. We work to maintain the vision that our neighborhood and the City created together and adopted as our Neighborhood Plan.