In a time when much of the country was celebrating the abolition of prohibition, Lower Makefield Township was doubling down on their stance on the sale of alcohol. In 1949, voters approved a referendum to ban the sale of alcohol in Lower Makefield Township; 71 years later, that law still stands. Currently, Lower Makefield is the only municipality in Bucks and Montgomery counties that continues to ban alcohol sales. A referendum will be placed on the ballot for the primary election on June 2nd so that the current residents of Lower Makefield Township can decide for themselves what is best for their community.
Be sure that if you are a registered voter, you head to your designated polling place and vote on June 2nd.
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Registration for the June 2nd election ends April 13th.
The Pennsylvania primary election is June 2nd, 2020.
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Approval of the referendum will have no impact on BYOBs. In fact, any establishment currently offering its customers a BYOB option will be permitted to continue that practice at their discretion.
“Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in the Township of Lower Makefield?”
The same ballot, with the referendum question, will be mailed to voters who want to vote by mail.
No. The location of such commercial establishments is strictly regulated by the Lower Makefield Township Zoning Ordinance.
Further, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) limits the number of establishments operating with a liquor license within each county in the Commonwealth based on the population of that county. This is known as the “quota”. Each county then further delineates the number of establishments operating with a liquor license within each municipality based on the population of that municipality. Based on its population, Lower Makefield Township is entitled to ten (10) restaurant liquor licenses.
After these first 10 licenses are put into use within the Township, the Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors has unilateral authority to approve or deny the operation of any additional licenses within the Township.
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