The city of Vancouver wants your opinion on liquor policies.
Where and when can you buy liquor, should drinking be allowed in public? Those are just some of the questions in an online survey.
Chief Licensing Inspector Andreea Toma says the city wants the public and tourists to weigh in.
“We know in dealing with the police and fire, we know there are problems in the Granville entertainment district and in the Downtown Eastside, some of which are some harmful overconsumption issues.”
The liquor policy review is partly in response to the recent provincial liquor policy changes .
The city if looking at four specific areas:
- Where and when liquor is sold, made, or served
- Size and types of venues that serve liquor
- Rules for liquor on patios
- Supporting no- or low-liquor entertainment options
Toma says the feedback is too ensure there’s a compromise between businesses and the people who live here.
“So we can find a balance, to ensure that we allow the economic viability of the businesses to grow and flourish as it has in manufacturing and in the breweries. But to also ensure there’s a way we can minimize harm.”
The survey consists of statements that respondents either agree or disagree with, or a sliding scale with neutral in the middle.
Where and how liquor should be offered is a big question
Some of the questions include whether or not the city should make it easier for bars to create outdoor patios, allow artisanal markets to retail liquor, and allow hair salons and spas to offer drinks to their customers.
Granville Entertainment District
The city also tackles Granville Street head on, asking if the city should reduce or restrict the number and size of places that serve liquor in the Granville Entertainment District, and if the city should encourage a blend of different businesses.
The same question is asked of Gastown, though one could argue there is no comparison between the two areas, with Gastown already home to a blend of retail, bar, and restaurant businesses.
The survey closes on May 15th and recommendation will be made to the public before a final draft goes before council.
With files from Emily Lazatin