Petition to reverse KC liquor ordinance short of signature requirement

A petition to reverse changes to a Kansas City liquor license ordinance fell about 350 signatures short Monday. However, the ordinance still cannot go into effect because of this outstanding petition, and petitioners still have about two weeks to collect the remaining signatures needed.

City law currently requires applicants for liquor licenses to obtain consent from majority of property owners within 250 feet. Within that zone, each parcel gets one vote. The Kansas City Council passed an ordinance on April 28 to change how these consenting votes are counted; the ordinance would limit property owners to no more than 10 percent of consenting votes within a 250-foot zone.

The ordinance is intended to limit large property owners’ influence on liquor license applications. Some applicants have argued that property owners with extensive holdings would be able to veto the decisions for their liquor licenses.

The petition has received 3,069 signatures so far; 3,417 are required. Should the final number reach the required amount, opponents of the ordinance would be able to present to City Council their request to repeal the ordinance or put it on the fall ballot for voters to decide.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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