Microbrewery may soon be coming to West Point as council approves ordinance


A microbrewery or cidery may make its way to West Point in the near future.

Town Council approved an ordinance adding the definitions of microbrewery, distillery, cidery, winery and meadery to the town code at its Tuesday night meeting. A meadery is an establishment that produces a fermented honey alcoholic beverage.

A public hearing was held before council unanimously approved the ordinance, with councilman Jack Lawson absent. No one spoke at the hearing.

The ordinance adds the definitions to the code and allows establishments in six of the town’s 11 districts. The six districts are used for business and industrial purposes and range from downtown and around the schools.

A microbrewery is defined as an establishment that produces no more than 15,000 barrels of fermented, non-distilled alcoholic beverages per year. A microdistillery, cidery, winery or meadery is defined as an establishment that produces no more than 36,000 gallons of distilled spirits, wine, cider or mead per year, according to the town ordinance.

Any of the facilities may include tasting rooms, retail sales and restaurants.

Other business

» October was declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month by a resolution approved by Town Council.

» Another public hearing was held on a public land request from Steve and Judy Shaw. No one spoke at the hearing.The request was to vacate a portion of a North/South 10-foot alley parallel to Kirby Street, between 3rd and 4th streets.

The homeowners want to take a portion of the town alley to use for additional parking and storage. Council unanimously denied the land request based on the planning commission’s stance.

The Panning Commission recommended denying the request as North alleys under 15th Street are typically not vacated, according to Mayor Jim Hudson.

Council wants to work on an alternative solution for the homeowners, and the request will go back to the community development committee, according to Hudson.

» During the meeting’s citizen comment period, William Lee stepped up to discuss potholes and the rough pavement at the intersection 14th and Main streets.

Lee said the portion of road makes it difficult to ride his motorcycle around town. Town Manager John Edwards said the would issue a request to Virginia Department of Transportation, although it may be faster if Lee puts in a citizen compliant.

» The town purchased two lots on 7th Street from the West Point Volunteer Fire Department, across from the station, for $25,000. The use of the lots has not yet been decided, according to Edwards.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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