A compromise has emerged in the heated battle over a new liquor rule affecting the Crossroads and West Bottoms areas of Kansas City.
The proposed change, which goes to the City Council on Thursday, could avert the need for a contentious election this November on a referendum petition.
Earlier this summer, petitioners gathered enough signatures to seek repeal of an ordinance that the City Council approved April 28, which changed the influence that certain property owners had over liquor license applications, limiting large property owners to no more than 10 percent of the consents within a 250-foot zone.
Supporters said the ordinance gave neighborhoods and small businesses more of a voice in the granting of liquor applications. But opponents of the council’s decision feared a proliferation of liquor establishments in the Crossroads and said the ordinance hindered condo residents’ voices. They gathered enough signatures to force a citywide election on the matter.
If the full council approves the compromise, the April 28 ordinance would be repealed and replaced with conditions more to the petitioners’ liking.
Read more: Kansas City Star