Grayslake revises liqour ordinance
The Village of Grayslake Committee of the Whole held its regular meeting Sept. 15.
The committee reviewed several pieces of its liquor control ordinance. Village staff will prepare a set of rules for serving alcohol at catering events, which are currently not covered by the ordinance. The village will also draft a scale for prorating liquor license fees, which has already been done informally on a case-by-case basis.
These same licensed liquor outlets will also be subject to a new ordinance requiring anyone selling alcohol to be 21 or older. The village will not create rules for BYOB events nor will it create rules for local businesses who want to take advantage of new state regulations allowing "happy hour" drinking.
In other business, the committee agreed to work with the Lake County Fair Association (LCFA) to find an agreeable way of taking 21 acres along Peterson Road out of fair and exhibition zoning to make the grounds available for a potential sale as a general building lot.
The committee had concerns about the possibilities the zoning change would create, particularly with three-story buildings that would be allowed and could block the view of the fairgrounds from the road. The LCFA and the village will work together on defining the allowable uses of the space if the village were to allow the change in zoning.