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Give Input on Liquor License Application-1445 Elgin Street

Liquor license application for bar/restaurant at Locust and Elgin

A new restaurant and bar is planned for the site at 1445 Elgin Street, on the corner of Locust. The new owners have applied for a liquor license, and this process provides residents with the opportunity to give input and request conditions on the liquor license to prevent some of the problems the neighbourhood has experienced in the past.

Details for providing your input are below. Comments must be received no later than
Aug. 28.

Background:

I have met with the owners of the property, a Burlington family who are planning to open a Mediterranean family restaurant under the name Melodia Bar & Restaurant. I am supportive of this type of use, and know residents will also welcome the new restaurant to the downtown.

However, once a liquor license is granted, unless there are conditions imposed on the license, there is nothing to prevent current or future owners from changing the format of the establishment to something else. This has occurred on this site in the past, when a bar/night club was opened subsequent to a restaurant opening. The bar/lounge/night club use created many problems for the neighbours, including noise from the sound system; noise from patrons on the patio; and noise, fighting and vandalism (including smashed car windows) in the streets at bar closing time.

Area residents kept extensive noise logs over several months detailing the problems. By-law officers, police, and alcohol and gaming staff regularly visited the site and issued citations for liquor, bylaw and fire code violations. This has resulted in the need for the new owners to reapply for a liquor license.

On your behalf, I will be requesting conditions on the liquor license to prevent a future change of format from a restaurant to a bar/night club/lounge. The goal is to welcome the family restaurant, while taking proactive steps to avoid uses that would pose a conflict with the adjacent homes.

Share your input:

You can also directly share your input and request conditions.

A public notice placard has been sent to the applicant to be posted at the establishment from August 8-28, 2012. This public notice offers residents in the municipality an opportunity to respond to the application and to voice any concerns or objections to the application within the time period posted on the placard. In this case, written objections for this application must be sent to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) on or before August 28, 2012, to:

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
90 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M2N 0A4
Tel: 416-326-8700    Toll Free: 1-800-522-2876
Fax: 416-326-8711   Email: licensing@agco.ca

Filing an objection:

Should you object to a liquor sales licence application, you must provide written notification to the AGCO. Notification may be forwarded by mail, e-mail or facsimile. Your objection must include:

  • The name of and address of the proposed liquor licensed establishment
  • Your name, address and phone number
  • The basis for your objection
  • Whether you would be willing to attend a meeting or hearing about the application

In stating your objection, try to be as specific as possible. Explain why the addition of the proposed liquor licensed establishment would be of concern to your neighbourhood. Relate your objection to the sale and service of alcohol or any previous problems at the premises. For example, if you are worried about loud noise coming from a licensed patio near your home, the applicant might agree to a condition on the liquor licence restricting the playing of music on the patio.

If the AGCO receives a written objection to the issuance of a liquor sales licence by the date indicated on the placard (Aug. 28), and it is determined by the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming that the objection is not frivolous or vexatious, then a decision will be made to either first set up a public meeting at the AGCO or issue a Notice of Proposal to Review the Licence Application which can be appealed to the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT).

The applicant will be notified of the objections and will be given copies of the letters of objection.  This gives the applicant an opportunity to work with objectors to address their concerns.

For more information, please visit the AGCO website at http://www.agco.on.ca/.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Councillor Marianne Meed Ward
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My email is
marianne.meedward@burlington.ca

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