The Norman Transcript

April 23, 2014

Craft breweries new category of Okla. made

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman will now recognize Oklahoma brewers to allow craft breweries to operate under special licensing.

On Tuesday, the city council approved the creation of an additional category of Oklahoma Brewer to the city’s fee schedule for permits, licenses and occupational taxes. This change is also in alignment with licensing by the ABLE Commission.

The fee for the new category will be $50 to mirror the Oklahoma Winemaker permit. The new category will serve local craft breweries.

In other city business, the council spent a long time Tuesday night discussing amendments to city codes that had been considered housekeeping measures when floated past city council members at an oversight committee meeting.

Code amendments clarifying notification of owners of abandoned vehicles and of parking on the grass drew questions and comments.

“What is the problem we’re trying to solve?” Council member Robert Castleberry said regarding regulations against parking on the grass that will be applied to commercial properties and will affect car dealerships and other businesses that routinely park on the grass.

Police Chief Keith Humphrey said there have been complaints that cars parked on the grass at a local car dealership affect visibility for motorists.

“In the absence of having these new tools, it is hard for us to enforce the codes,” Council member Greg Heiple said.

Code amendments include easement abatement, which will allow code enforcement to enforce keeping trees and brush clear of sidewalks and will improve accessibility on sidewalks.

The code amendments were adopted unanimously.

The city council also approved the mayor’s appointment of Cameron Brewer to the Historic District Commission.

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