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The Local Agenda: City to consider approving brewery at tonights meeting
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Gainesville City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on Pap Datta’s request to open a craft brewery in the city.

The Planning and Appeals Board has recommended a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, be rezoned to accommodate a brewery.

That’s where Datta plans to launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

A Forsyth County resident and former Hewlett-Packard executive, he said he hopes the brewery will be a part of revitalizing the midtown area.

Datta said the craft brewery’s core offerings would include various blondes and ales, while expanding to include lagers later.

Datta said he wants his beers to reflect the local region, and he plans to use local ingredients, such as fruits and honey, in his recipes.

Councilman George Wangemann has said he will vote against the rezoning needed for the brewery to open, citing his religious objections to the consumption of alcohol.

Meanwhile, council will also consider a proposed amendment to its alcoholic beverage ordinance, which includes changes that will govern tastings and tours at the brewery.

City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Gainesville named a PlanFirst Community

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has named the city of Gainesville a PlanFirst Community for its work in developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for growth.

“Gainesville will be recognized across the State of Georgia as a community that possesses a vision of its future and maintains an active strategy for implementing that vision,” Brian Johnson, director of the Office of Planning and Environmental Management for DCA, said in a statement.

The designation will last from 2015 to through 2018.

“This designation provides several incentives, such as access to a reduced interest rate on certain Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) state loans, as well as bonus points on applications for various DCA programs,” Rusty Ligon, Community Development director for the city of Gainesville, said in a statement.

Gainesville will be officially recognized at the “PlanFirst Day” at the state Capitol on Jan. 28. 

Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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