DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody City Council unanimously passed amendments March 9 to allow breweries and open carry in certain parts of the city. 

The action allows new alcohol related business in commercial, mixed-use and industrial areas as well as in the Perimeter Center.

Microbreweries are defined as producing fewer than 15,000 barrels of malt beverages annually and with a building footprint less than 15,000 square feet. Full-scale breweries would only be allowed with a special-use permit.

Distilleries with a building footprint less than 15,000 square feet and wine specialty shops are also now allowed. Wine specialty shops would be allowed to sell wine and beer but not liquor and could host tastings.

A separate text amendment made Dunwoody Village an open carry entertainment district, similar to those adopted in Alpharetta, Roswell and Woodstock.

Patrons are limited to one drink per person, not to exceed 16 ounces and in a clear plastic cup with a sticker. Open carry is not allowed after midnight.

Adults will be able to carry their drink in any open space within the Village. It will be up to the other property owners to decide if they will allow drinks to be carried into their restaurant or shop. The ordinance also dictated what sort of signage bars and restaurants must provide.

In other business at the March 9 meeting, the council approved the sale of its properties on North Shallowford road for $6.8 million. The sale is contingent on the property being rezoned to allow for the demolishing of an existing building and the development of a new 40,000 square foot medical building. Councilman John Heneghan voted against the contract, saying he disagreed with the way the properties were advertised.

The council also approved a $77,600 contract with Granicus for redesigning the city’s website and technical support for five years.

Communication Director Jennifer Boettcher said the main purpose of the redesign is to make the website more accessible for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The redesign is also expected to improve the search tool, calendar and mobile version of the site.

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