June 20, 2021
General News

Opening a new neighborhood bar in Davenport could become more difficult | Politics and elections

Davenport officials rewrote the city’s zoning laws in 2019, aimed in part at reducing the prevalence of bars and retail alcohol sales along certain commercial corridors “to enhance neighborhood compatibility.”

However, Aldermen Marion Meginnis, Ward 3, and Rick Dunn, Ward 1, have argued special-use permits have created a loophole that renders the new zoning code ineffective.

The permits, granted by the city’s five-member, quasi-judicial Zoning Board of Adjustment, provide exceptions for specified uses otherwise prohibited by the city’s zoning code.

Meginnis has argued the special exceptions have led to problematic businesses operating in close proximity to homes, creating a nuisance.

Scott Tunnicliff, executive director of the Hilltop Campus Village, supports the zoning changes.

“It’s been made evident that the potential to … rezone (residential areas) for the sale of liquor has become…

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