Sevier County, Pigeon Forge officials limit placement of distill

Sevier County, Pigeon Forge officials limit placement of distilleries

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The Pigeon Forge planning commission set some new rules in place last week, not allowing distilleries to open in areas zoned as C-2 tourism commercial districts, which is all of the Pigeon Forge Parkway. The Pigeon Forge planning commission set some new rules in place last week, not allowing distilleries to open in areas zoned as C-2 tourism commercial districts, which is all of the Pigeon Forge Parkway.
They say part of the reason for the decision was to keep the city's family friendly reputation intact They say part of the reason for the decision was to keep the city's family friendly reputation intact
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - They are becoming popular tourist attractions, but some city and county officials want to limit where distilleries are allowed in Sevier County. The Sevier County Commission voted to try to keep distilleries out of unincorporated areas in the county, and the City of Pigeon Forge passed a new zoning amendment that means no distilleries allowed on the Parkway 

Moonshine distilleries offering the promise of good tastes and good times are popping up all over.

"I don't drink but I enjoy it. It's good entertainment," said Skip, a tourist from North Carolina.

The Pigeon Forge planning commission set some new rules in place last week, not allowing distilleries to open in areas zoned as C-2 tourism commercial districts, which is all of the Pigeon Forge Parkway.

"We've definitely had some requests. We also have some folks that feel that distilleries may or may not be a good place on the Parkway, so definitely folks on both sides of the issue," said Pigeon Forge Assistant City Manager Eric Brackins.

They say part of the reason for the decision was to keep the city's family friendly reputation intact

"I think some of the concern revolves around the sampling that occurs and the inability to enforce the sampling. State law governs the amount of samples that distilleries can produce or give away," said Brackins.

They are not the only ones trying to limit the distilleries.

The Sevier County Commission voted Monday night to opt out of a state law allowing distilleries in unincorporated areas of the county, meaning they are only allowed within Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Pittman Center.
 
County officials say they had already been notified that some people are wanting to open them outside those areas, which means the state could strike down that vote.
 
"I think people here are looking for the same thing. They're looking for jobs and entertainment," said Skip.

Distilleries are currently allowed on side streets in Pigeon Forge. For example, the Old Forge Distillery opens Wednesday on Old Mill Road, and another is scheduled to open later this summer at The Island.
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