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A. The City Council finds and determines that establishments engaged in the sale of alcoholic beverages may present problems that are encountered by residents, businesses, property owners, visitors and/or workers of Sebastopol, including, but not limited to, littering, obstruction of pedestrian traffic, vehicular traffic, parking, crime, interference with children on their way to school, interference with shoppers using the streets, defacement and damaging of structures, disturbing the peace, discouragement of more desirable and needed commercial uses and other similar problems connected primarily with the operation of establishments engaged in the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on or off the premises.

B. The City Council also finds and determines that the existence of such problems creates serious impact on the peace, health, safety and welfare of residents of nearby areas, including fear for the safety of their children and of visitors to the area, as well as contributing to the deterioration of their neighborhoods, and concomitant devaluation of their property and destruction of their community values and quality of life.

C. This chapter is intended and designed to deal with and ameliorate these problems and conditions by restricting the location of such uses in relation to one another, and their proximity to facilities primarily devoted to use by children and families and the general public, and through the denial of a conditional use permit or through the imposition of conditions on a case-by-case basis, thereby limiting the number of such uses in the City and preventing undue concentration and undesirable community impact of such uses by the imposition of reasonable conditions upon the operation of all such uses both existing and in the future. (Ord. 1111, 2018)