Snowmass council moves forward on entertainment district
July 24, 2012
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – The Snowmass Town Council voted unanimously Monday to draft a resolution creating an entertainment district, which would allow liquor-licensed premises to form common consumption areas where patrons could carry alcoholic beverages outside and between establishments.
The state Legislature passed a bill in 2011 allowing municipalities to create an “entertainment district” that is no more than 100 acres and contains 20,000 square feet of licensed premises. The district also must not be accessed by motor-vehicle traffic. For example, an entertainment district in Snowmass Village could potentially encompass the mall and Base Village but not the Snowmass Center.
Under the law, establishments can form promotional associations and create a common consumption area within the entertainment district. Drinks must be in 16-ounce cups bearing the names of the establishments they came from in order for patrons to take them out.
The council will define the boundaries of the entertainment district if and when it adopts an ordinance creating it.