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Cleburne City Council members during their July 13 meeting approved a request to allow breweries and brew pubs as permitted uses within certain districts of the city.

“Staff has received multiple inquiries, specifically in downtown, to consider including breweries and brew pubs as permitted uses within the city,” Executive Director of Development Services Shane Pace said. “Staff is proposing amendments to include brewery and brew pub as permitted uses within the Land Use Table in certain districts as well as development regulations for each. The proposed amendments are consistent with the draft language within the zoning ordinance update that is set to be adopted later this year.

“Staff also researched regulations from our benchmark cities and used those findings as a basis for the proposed amendments.”

Pace first discussed the proposal with council last month. The Cleburne Planning and Zoning Commission considered the same request during their June 28 meeting and recommended approval by a 6-0 vote.

Pace defined breweries as “an industrial use that brews ales, beers and similar beverages on site” and a brew pub as “a restaurant/bar that sells ales, beers and similar beverages brewed on the premise.”

Planning and Zoning approved the request with the recommendation that breweries be permitted by right in the industrial districts M1 (light industrial district) and M2 (heavy industrial district) and on a case-by-case basis by specific use permit in C2 (general business district) and C3 (commercial districts).

Council members agreed and unanimously voted to adopt the planning and zoning recommendations.

Council members in 2018 amended previous city ordinances to allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages within 300 feet of a church for restaurants located within the original downtown districts. 

Code concerns

Cleburne resident Glenn Gallagher praised the city on one hand but requested more help on the other.

Gallagher, during the Citizen’s Comment section of the June 22 council meeting, voiced frustration over his perceived lack of police presence in the neighborhoods surrounding Robinson, Wilhite and Huron streets. Gallagher spoke of recent shootings, speeding drivers and other criminal activity. Gallagher also spoke of a lack of property code enforcement issues in that area.

Gallagher revisited both issues during the July 13 meeting.

“We’ve seen increased law enforcement presence in the neighborhood and are seeing progress in that area,” Gallagher said.

Gallagher said that Cleburne Police Chief Rob Severance and Councilman John Warren have reached out to him to discuss those issues.

“But we’re still seeing high grass, exposed plumbing and other code violations,” Gallagher said. “We’ve sent pictures multiple times and it doesn’t feel like, as far as code enforcement, anything is happening. 

“We’ve used the app and email and my wife has talked to them. I know things take time and resources are limited but we thought they were going to get over there.”

Mayor Scott Cain asked Severance to follow up on the situation.

Cain suggested that the neighborhood might be ideal for the next Operation Cleburne Pride event, events in which residents, local officials, churches, charities and business owners join together to clean up neighborhoods and help residents in need.

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