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The town's Planning & Inspections Department has received at least one complaint about
overflow parking from Appalachian Mountain Brewery, left, spilling over into the parking lot of
Boone Creek Apartments, right. Anna Oakes | Watauga Democrat

Originally published: 2013-05-14 16:35:43
Last modified: 2013-05-16 13:49:45

Commission endorses brewery's outdoor bar, food truck

by Anna Oakes

The Boone Planning Commission recommended approval Monday of a conditional district zoning map modification that would allow for an outdoor bar and service from a food truck at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.

The commission voted 7-1 to recommend that the Boone Town Council approve the request, with commissioner Jeff Templeton voting against the measure.

The observation bar is located beyond the brewery's rear parking lot on Boone Creek Drive and is partially constructed from fence posts left after a chain link fence was removed. The posts support a 2-by-12-inch slab forming the bar, which overlooks Boone Creek.

Because the bar is located within the floodway of Boone Creek, Boone's development ordinance requires the applicant to demonstrate the bar will not increase flood levels. Boone planning director Bill Bailey said a recent survey indicated the bar is located about two feet above the base flood level.

"They have satisfied staff's requirement for some evidentiary proof that they are above the floodway," he said.

Templeton expressed concerns about the food truck's effect on parking needs and questioned if the brewery's "gentlemen's agreement" for overflow parking at the Employment Security Commission was sufficient.

Bailey confirmed that a written agreement between the two parties had been submitted to the town since the May 6 public hearing on the request.

Templeton said he was aware of two complaints made by the owner of Boone Creek Apartments -- located across Boone Creek Drive from the brewery -- about overflow parking spilling over into the apartments' parking lot. But other commissioners said this was an enforcement issue for town staff.

As part of the December 2011 approval of its conditional district rezoning, Appalachian Mountain Brewery agreed to conduct a parking study if required to do so by town staff. Bailey indicated he was considering asking for a study due to faster-than-anticipated growth of the brewery's business.

In other action, the commission:

• recommended approval of a request from Fayetteville-based United Developers to amend the parking approved for a 72-unit affordable apartment complex at 170 Clawson St. in Boone. The applicant asked that 111 parking spaces be approved instead of the original request of 93 spaces.

• recommended approval of a request for phasing and extended vesting of a conditional district rezoning for Mountaineer Crossing residential project on N.C. 105.

• recommended that the council deny a request from Courtyard by Marriott to light a sign on the hotel building on N.C. 105.