City abstains action on District Donuts proposal to sell alcohol
At their most recent meeting, the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) for the City of New Orleans failed to pass a motion that would allow District Donuts on Harrison Avenue to sell alcohol.
A conditional use application to sell alcoholic beverages as a specialty restaurant had already been submitted by District Donuts, but proposal approval depended on the BZA decision at their committee meeting on Aug. 14.
About six residents attended the Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting to speak in favor of applicant Gary Savelle’s appeal to the Department of Safety & Permits decision. They argued that a specialty restaurant like District Donuts cannot apply for selling alcohol through City Council within the area of “Middle Harrison Avenue”, where several use restrictions are prohibited.
The Board of Zoning Adjustments made a motion to say the Department of Safety & Permits made an error in their decision and that it should be overturned, but the vote resulted in a 3-2 split. Because they needed four votes to pass a motion, and did not decide to attempt another, the committee did not take any action.
As a result, the conditional use proposal for District Donuts may be appealed by the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.