This evening the Metro Planning Commission approved, and passed on to the full metro council, a bill defining and allowing Nano Breweries in commercially zoned districts and a fairly long list of other types of zoning districts that also allow restaurants and bars.
During the public hearing, we were able to convince the planning commission that the maximum permitted production for Nano Breweries should be 18,000 BBL per year.
This was the second reading of the bill, and it now goes to the metro council’s planning committee for review before going to the full metro council for final approval.
If we are lucky, and the bill gets passed as amended with the current 18M BBL limit, the number of locations where breweries are permitted in Metro Davidson County (Nashville, TN) will increase by at least an order of magnitude.
Most of the newly permitted locations will have higher rental rates than industrial districts, but in the down economy, breweries in planning will still have a much better chance of finding a home to start their business.
There are some restrictions that constitute minor inconveniences, but all in all it was a pretty good day in Nashville, Tennessee for growing our brewing industry.
Steve Scoville, Head Brewer, Mead Maker, Keeper of the Bees
Little Harpeth Brewing