Small-scale producers of beer, liquor and wine can do business in Sandy Springs under zoning code changes approved by the City Council June 21.

Micro-breweries, micro-distilleries and “farm wineries” under 20,000 square feet can now do business in commercial and mixed-use zoning districts.

City Councilmember Gabriel Sterling said it’s important to “throw open the doors” to this type of “cool” business, which can be a tourism draw.

In addition to the micro-producers, large-scale producers can do business under a use permit in the city’s manufacturing zones.

Resident Tochie Blad said the change should wait for the city’s upcoming full rewrite of its zoning code and need more review of possible brewing-related odors in mixed-use projects. But Sterling and Mayor Rusty Paul said that existing laws cover such nuisances and breweries are equipped to deal with odors.

John Ruch

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