The Holly Springs City Council is considering changing its alcohol ordinance to accommodate a trend in shopping.

With more businesses offering online ordering and outside pickup, the council on Monday discussed changing the definition of the word "premises" in its alcohol law to include pick up locations in grocery store parking lots.

If approved at the next meeting on Nov. 18, the new definition of premises will be "floor space within a building possessed, owned or controlled by the licensee or its agents of a business location to sell alcoholic beverages, but shall also include any patio areas outside of the building and any designated grocery pickup parking areas immediately adjacent to the building."

“The reason this issue has come up is the ambiguity of our original definition of premises,” City Manager Robert Logan said. “New services offered by many grocery stores in the area allow for curbside pick up so you can order ahead of time and then come and pick up your groceries. This also means that people can order alcohol, so this is why we need to re-define 'premises.'”

The change would also allow the consumption and/or sale of alcoholic beverages on licensed premises in patio areas that are accessible through the interior of the restaurant, provided that the licensee is in compliance with all other appropriate regulations as to the safe and orderly operation of such establishment.

Council members also discussed the re-adoption of the Georgia Certified City of Ethics Program of the Georgia Municipal Association.

The program allows citizens to raise concerns and participate in the ethics investigation process at the local level.

If they were to approve to re-adopt the program at the next meeting on Nov. 18, Mayor Steven Miller and the rest of the Council would be required to subscribe to the ethics principles approved by the Georgia Municipal Association.

Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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