It's a little harder to establish a new church in the City of Parker. One can no longer be established within 500 feet of any business that sells alcohol.
Before Tuesday night, the rule was a business couldn't sell alcohol within 500 feet of any church or school building. However, at their regular meeting, council members extended the rule to any church wanting to establish a new building.
Members heard the first reading of the amendment to the ordinance in January. They heard a second reading Tuesday, and all four members and the mayor approved the change.
So if a business has a permit to sell alcohol, a church will not be able to move within 500 feet of that business. For measuring purposes, the same rule goes for churches. There must be more than 500 feet between the business' and the church's front doors.
Members have said the amendment won't affect any business or church already established.
The meeting room was about half full with citizens Tuesday night, but no one had any objections or comments when given the chance to speak. Also, the members and mayor didn't want to discuss the change with News 13 after the meeting.