On Monday the Town of Oliver will consider raising its glass to a new liquor primary licence for Frank Venables Theatre.
Council will discuss the issue when it reviews a presentation by contract planner Chris Garrish.
He recommends that council support the application by the Oliver Community Theatre Society.
Garrish said this application is not expected to have a negative impact on the community.
The theatre is located within Southern Okanagan Secondary School but will be separated by locked doors, he noted.
Garrish said operating hours will be determined by the events, with requested hours being 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. He noted that some events will serve alcohol throughout the performance, while others will only serve during intermission or not at all.
Garrish said parking should not be an issue due to the current availability of parking on site and the likelihood that most events will occur outside of school hours.
The planner said the Society has been hosting licenced events since 2014 but wants to eliminate the cost and inconvenience of individual events permits (hence the application for a primary licence).
Since 2014 the Town has not received any noise complaints related to this site, Garrish said.
He noted that 14 people submitted their views as part of the notification process. Twelve people were in support of the application, while two supported it with the following conditions: that granting the licence doesn’t result in an increase in the cost of drinks at the theatre, and that the serving hours are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. due to the proximity to the school and neighbourhood.
Garrish said the RCMP support the application but has expressed concern about the length of time liquor will be served, the amount of people with access to liquor, and the number of minors who might attend an event.
The RCMP reminds the Society that it assumes the risk of liability for each event.