Liquor stores could more easily open near churches and schools in Clark County | Clark County | News

Lee's Discount Liquor is seen on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, Saturday, August 28, 2021. A proposal…

A proposed change to the county code could make it easier for liquor stores to open closer to schools and churches.

The current code prohibits liquor stores from operating within 1,500 feet of a church or school, a requirement that can only be waived by county commissioners if there is a so-called “adequate barrier” between the two.

Clark County Business Licensing Director Vincent Queano told commissioners Tuesday that removing the requirement for an “adequate barrier,” which would include Interstate 15, Interstate 215 and drainage facilities at least 100 feet wide, would give the board “flexibility” in approving certain requests.

“Over the years there has been significant growth in the number of churches and schools, both in independent homes and commercial centres,” Queano said. “This gives the board more flexibility.”

Under the proposal, liquor stores would still be prohibited from operating within 1,500 feet of a school or church unless county commissioners waive that requirement. If the distance requirement is eliminated, liquor stores would still be required to maintain a distance of 500 feet from schools or churches and a distance of 5,000 feet from other liquor stores.

Commissioner William McCurdy directed Queano to come up with language regarding the proposal to be presented to the board at a later date.

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