SB 305

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Community development districts, add'l type authorized, marina on lake, sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises and off-premises consumption, Secs. 35-8B-1, 35-8B-2, 35-8B-3 am'd.
Description

Under existing law, there is a process for establishing a community development district. Once established, certain entities within a community development district may sell alcoholic beverages under certain circumstances after licensure by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

This bill would create an additional class of community development districts and authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages in one of these districts for on-premises consumption

Relating to community development districts; to amend Sections 35-8B-1, 35-8B-2, and 35-8B-3, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended by Act 2017-350 and Act 2017-359, 2017 Regular Session; to create an additional class of community development districts; and to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages in one of these districts for on-premises consumption.

Subjects
Community Development Districts
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Under existing law, there is a process for establishing a community development district. Once established, certain entities within a community development district may sell alcoholic beverages under certain circumstances after licensure by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

This bill would create an additional class of community development districts and authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages in one of these districts for on-premises consumption

Relating to community development districts; to amend Sections 35-8B-1, 35-8B-2, and 35-8B-3, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended by Act 2017-350 and Act 2017-359, 2017 Regular Session; to create an additional class of community development districts; and to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages in one of these districts for on-premises consumption.

Section 1

Sections 35-8B-1, 35-8B-2, and 35-8B-3, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended by Act 2017-350 and Act 2017-359, 2017 Regular Session, are amended to read as follows:

§35-8B-1.

(a) "Community development district" shall mean a private residential development that: (1) Is a size of at least 250 acres of contiguous land area; (2) has at least 100 residential sites, platted and recorded in the probate office of the county as a residential subdivision; (3) has streets that were or will be built with private funds; (4) has a social club with: (i) an 18-hole golf course of regulation size; (ii) a restaurant or eatery used exclusively for the purpose of preparing and serving meals, with a seating capacity of at least 60 patrons; (iii) social club memberships with at least 100 paid-up members who have paid a membership initiation fee of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per membership; (iv) membership policies whereby membership is not denied or impacted by an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, or national origin; and (v) a full-time management staff for the social activities of the club, including the management of the premises where food and drink are sold.

(b) "Community development district" also means privately owned property used for social purposes that: (1) Is a size of at least 250 acres of contiguous land area; (2) is located in a dry county that has one or more wet municipalities, but outside the corporate limits of any municipality; (3) is a social club with: (i) An 18-hole golf course of regulation size; (ii) a marina and boat storage facility with at least 35 spaces; (iii) a clubhouse with more than 20,000 square feet; (iv) a restaurant or eatery used exclusively for the purpose of preparing and serving meals, with a seating capacity of at least 88 patrons; (v) at least 600 paid-up golf or social members who have paid a membership initiation fee of not less than two thousand dollars ($2,000) per family or individual membership; (vi) membership policies whereby membership is not denied or impacted by an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, or national origin; and (vii) a full-time management staff for the social activities of the club, including the management of the premises where food and drink are sold.

(c) In addition to the limitations specified in Section 35-8B-3, with regard to a community development district defined in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, alcoholic beverages shall be sold only for on-premises consumption, as defined in Section 35-8B-3 (3), and in regard to a community development district defined in subsection (b), alcoholic beverages shall not be sold within 3,000 feet of the south right-of-way of any state or federal highway adjacent to any such district.

(d) "Community development district" also means a private residential development that may or may not include additional contiguous privately-owned property used for residential, social, commercial, or charitable purposes that: (1) Is the size of at least 650 acres of contiguous land area, but may also contain non-contiguous land if so divided by a public highway which shall be made part of the district per the articles of establishment; (2) is located in a dry county that has one or more wet municipalities, but may be outside the corporate limits of any municipality or within the corporate limits of a municipality; (3) has the following: (i) At least a 9-hole golf course; (ii) an amenity complex to include a fitness center and a swimming pool; (iii) a clubhouse with at least 7,000 square feet; (iv) a restaurant or eatery used for the purpose of preparing and serving meals, with a seating capacity of at least 50 patrons; (v) a recreational lake of at least 30 acres; (vi) at least 200 paid-up golf or club memberships paid initially by either the developer, residential landowners, or commercial entities located within the district at the rate of at least five hundred dollars ($500) per membership provided the developer reserves the right through residential and commercial lease and purchase agreements to require additional membership and initiation fees and further provided the developer has the discretion to restrict use of the golf course to district landowners and guests or at the developer's discretion to extend use of the golf course to the general public subject to fees set and determined by the developer which may differ from fees applicable to residential and commercial lease and purchase agreements; and (vii) membership policies whereby membership is not denied or impacted by an applicant's race, color, religion, or national origin; (4) may include a multi-purpose use entertainment facility with a minimum capacity to accommodate at least 7,500 patrons; and (5) may include commercial establishments. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages, including draft or keg beer, by licensees of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board shall be authorized in a community development district defined under this subsection and Section 35-8B-3 shall not apply.

(e) "Community development district" also means a commercial district located in a wet county that does not authorize Sunday sales and outside the corporate limits and police jurisdiction of any municipality and which has a restaurant with a seating capacity of at least 120, a grocery-delicatessen, riding stables and riding trails, a community information center, outdoor programming activities, and rural lifestyle demonstrations.

(f) "Community development district" also means a commercial district located in a wet county that does not authorize Sunday sales, has a restaurant with a seating capacity of at least 120, is adjacent to a marina with at least 34 boat slips, and is located on property where the marina and restaurant are under common ownership.

(g) "Community development district" also means a commercial district that includes a marina located on a river in an unincorporated area of a wet county that does not authorize seven day sales with two separate food and beverage buildings with a combined space of at least 7,500 square feet connected by a boardwalk and separated by a patio with an entertainment stage.

(h) "Community development district" also means a commercial district located in a dry county that shares a geographic border with another state, has an elevation of at least 1,500 feet, and has a recreational waterway, specialty shops and restaurants, summer camps and retreat centers, an art gallery, and annual festivals showcasing the area.

(i) "Community development district" also means a commercial district which borders on a lake which is formed by an impounded reservoir of a river whose source is in a federal wilderness area and has a marina with not less than 30 boat slips and a restaurant with seating capacity of not less than 100 seats of which not less than 50 seats must be inside seating and is located on property where the marina and restaurant are under common ownership. In addition to any other requirements by law, the restaurant shall obtain a business license from the local governing body having primary jurisdiction of the property where the restaurant is located and shall be subject to additional regulation as determined necessary by the local governing body. Only one restaurant license per community development district shall be allowed.

(j) "Community development district" also means a parcel of real property that meets all of the following criteria:

(1) It is owned by the same person or entity.

(2) It consists of not less than 160 acres.

(3) It is located partially in a dry county and partially in a wet county.

(4) It contains a lake of not less than 70 acres with a fishing resort consisting of a rental boathouse, campsites, and a community room.

(k) "Community development district" also means a parcel of real property that meets all of the following:

(1) Consists of at least 1,600 acres.

(2) Holds concerts and other family-oriented events.

(3) Is located in a dry county with at least one wet municipality.

(l) "Community development district" also means a commercial district located in a wet county that does not authorize Sunday sales which district is composed of resort property consisting of 3,000 or more contiguous acres under common ownership, has a public golf course with a practice area and clubhouse, has a restaurant on the property, has overnight accommodations consisting of 40 or more guest suites, and has a shooting range.

(m) "Community development district" also means privately owned property that meets all of the following criteria:

(1) It is used for social purposes.

(2) It is located in a dry county that has one or more wet municipalities, but outside the corporate limits of any municipality.

(3) It has a marina and a boat storage facility with at least 150 spaces.

(4) It has a shipstore with at least 2,200 square feet.

(5) It is adjacent to a lake of at least 100,000 acres.

(6) It has a restaurant or eatery used for the purpose of preparing and serving meals, with a seating capacity of at least 40 patrons.

(m) (n) If a community development district is located in any county, including within any wet or dry municipality located within the county, the county shall participate in the distribution of taxes and license fees pursuant to Chapters 3 and 3A of Title 28.

(n) (o) Any alcohol revenues received by a county under Act 2007-417 shall offset in an equal amount any T.V.A. in-lieu-of-taxes payments received by the county. Any T.V.A. in-lieu-of-taxes payments replaced by alcohol revenues under this subsection shall be distributed to T.V.A.-served counties.

(o) (p) If a community development district established prior to June 1, 2014, becomes a new municipality pursuant to Sections 11-41-1 and 11-41-2, the section requiring a vote of the residents of the property described in the petition, the new municipality created thereby shall be wet and the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages therein shall be authorized to the full extent of any other wet municipality. In addition to the other requirements for incorporating into a municipality set forth in Sections 11-41-1 and 11-41-2, the petition shall provide notice to potential voters that if the new municipality is incorporated it shall be wet.

§35-8B-2.

The exclusive and uniform method for the establishment of a community development district shall be by the filing of the articles of establishment of a community development district with the judge of probate of the county in which the district is to be located, or if located in more than one county, of the county wherein is located the largest area of the community development district.

(1) The articles of establishment of a district defined in subsection (a) of Section 35-8B-1 shall contain the following:

a. The written consent to the establishment of the district by the owner or owners of at least 51 percent of the real property to be included in the district, or documentation demonstrating that the petitioner has control by deed, trust agreement, contract, or option of at least 51 percent of the real property to be included in the district.

b. A metes and bounds description of the external boundaries of the district, with a specific metes and bounds description of any real property within the external boundaries of the district which is to be excluded from the district.

c. A schematic layout of the proposed district with a map of the proposed and existing residential subdivisions, streets, and roads in the district, and of the building and grounds to be used in common by members of the club operating in the district, together with a commitment that the owner or owners of the real property located within the district will bear the costs of the construction of such proposed streets and roads, if such proposed roads and streets do not exist on the day the articles of establishment are filed.

d. The proposed name of the district, and the location and the mailing address of the principal office of the district.

e. A designation of five persons to be the initial members of the board of control of the district, two of whom shall serve in that office until replaced by elected members; provided, the two elected members of the board of control shall be elected by the members of the club who may vote in person or by proxy in writing at an annual meeting of the district, which date shall be specified in the petition. Each club member shall be entitled to cast one vote. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to the board of control for a period of one year, or until his or her successor shall be duly elected. Upon the death or resignation of a non-elected member of the board of control, the remaining board members shall elect, by majority vote at a called board meeting, a new non-elected board member.

(2) The articles of establishment of a district defined in subsections (b) and (d) of Section 35-8B-1 shall contain the following:

a. The written consent to the establishment of the district by the owner of the real property to be included in the district.

b. A metes and bounds description of the external boundaries of the district.

c. A schematic layout of the proposed district with a map of the buildings and grounds to be used in common by the members of the club operating in the district.

d. The proposed name of the district and the location and the mailing address of the principal office of the district.

e. A designation of members of the board of governors of the club operating in the district who shall be the members of the board of control of the district.

(3) The articles of establishment of a district described in Section 35-8B-1(e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), or (l), or (m) shall contain the following:

a. The written consent to the establishment of the district by the owner of the real property to be included within the district.

b. A metes and bounds description of the external boundaries of the district.

c. A schematic layout of the proposed district with a map of the buildings and grounds to be used in common by guests in the district.

d. The proposed name of the district and the location and the mailing address of the principal office of the district.

e. A designation of members of the board of governors of the district who shall be elected by the owner of the real property included in the district.

(4) The articles of establishment and two copies thereof shall be delivered to the probate judge who shall, upon the payment of the fees hereinafter prescribed:

a. Endorse on the articles and on each of such copies the word "Filed," and the hour, day, month, and year of the filing thereof.

b. File the articles in his or her office and certify the two copies thereof.

c. Issue a certificate of establishment to which he or she shall affix one certified copy of the articles of establishment, and return such certificate with a certified copy of the articles of establishment affixed thereto to the district.

(5) Upon the filing of the articles of establishment of the community development district with the probate judge, the district's existence shall begin.

(6) In lieu of all other charges and fees for a community development district formed under Section 35-8B-1(a), (b), or (d), the probate judge shall charge and collect for filing the articles of establishment and issuing a certificate of establishment, one thousand dollars ($1,000) payable to the municipality in which is located the largest area of the community development district if located in a municipality, and if not, to the county in which is located the largest area of the community development district and three hundred fifty dollars ($350) to the county for the purpose of providing additional funds for the office of the probate judge. On or before the anniversary date of the filing of the articles of establishment, excluding the actual year of filing, the board of control shall pay to the probate judge a fee of three hundred fifty dollars ($350) and a fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000) payable to the municipality in which is located the largest area of the community development district if located in a municipality, and if not, to the county in which is located the largest area of the community development district for the purpose of providing additional funds for the office of the probate judge.

(7) In lieu of all other charges and fees for a community development district formed under Section 35-8B-1(e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), or (l), or (m) the judge of probate shall charge and collect a one-time fee for filing the articles of establishment and issuing a certificate of establishment of five hundred dollars ($500) payable to the county in which is located the largest area of the district for the purpose of providing additional funds to the judge of probate.

§35-8B-3.

(a) If a majority of the board of control of a community development district formed under Section 35-8B-1(a), (b), or (d) consents to and approves the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within the district, it shall be lawful to sell and distribute alcoholic beverages in the community development district in the following manner and subject to the following terms, definitions, and conditions:

(1) Upon being licensed by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, alcoholic beverages may be sold by the club of the district to members and their guests for on-premises consumption only. The club shall be licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to its members and their guests as a club liquor retail licensee by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, upon the club's compliance with the provisions of the alcoholic beverage licensing code and the regulations made thereunder. The original application shall be accompanied by a certificate from the board of control of the district in which the licensed club is located, consenting to and approving the sale of alcoholic beverages at the club. The club shall not be required to present its application or obtain the consent and approval of any authority other than the Board of Control of the district.

(2) MEMBER. Any person or entity whose membership application has been approved by the club.

(3) ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION. Consumption on the property of the club, including the club house, the golf course, and other recreational facilities of the club. Sales of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption shall be made only by authorized charge to a member's account.

(b) If a majority of the board of control of a community development district formed pursuant to Section 35-8B-1(e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), or (l) consents to and approves the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within the district for seven days a week, any person within the district licensed by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board may sell alcoholic beverages in the district for on-premises consumption.

(c) If a community development district that meets the requirements of Section 35-8B-1 (m) is formed, it shall be lawful to sell and distribute alcoholic beverages in the community development district to be consumed on-site, any day of the week provided any person that sells alcoholic beverages in the district is appropriately licensed by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Any licensee that sells alcoholic beverages may not limit sales based on membership to any club or marina."

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

No articles found.
Action Date Chamber Action
March 8, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Economic Development and Tourism
March 8, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 746
March 8, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 1, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 13, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development
2018-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-01-23
Chamber: House
Result: Failed
2018-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed