Cookeville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to allow brewpubs and micro-breweries in two commercial districts.
The change would allow both in a commercial-industrial mixed-use district. Brewpubs would be allowed in a planned commercial development district. A brewpub produces less product than a micro-brewery, according to Planning Director Jon Ward.
“In recent years, the City of Cookeville has multiple micro-breweries and brewpubs begin operations and they are growing in popularity in our city,” Ward said.
Jighead Brewery approached the Cookeville Planning Commission about possible new locations. In addition, Ward said the owners of Jackson Plaza have approached the city about such uses in the shopping center.
Ward said the rezoning would be consistent with restaurants and other recreational facilities allowed in both districts. The Planning Commission had approved the changes.
The council also approved a first reading of a plan to rezone 4.8 acres along North Washington Avenue for high-density, multi-residential homes. A total of 44 multi-family units will be part of 17 town homes to be built in the area. The complex will be built at the corner of East Jere Whitson Road.
A second reading will be required to pass both ordinances.