Planning Commission to Revisit Target Alcohol Issue

The West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission is expected to vote Wednesday on Target's appeal for a permit for alcohol sales.

After delaying a decision in July, the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission on Wednesday will revisit the Westwood Village Target's appeal for a permit for alcohol sales.

Commissioners previously voted to continue the discussion on Target's appeal of a zoning administrator's refusal to grant a conditional use permit for the sale of alcohol. They'll discuss the issue again during a regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. at the Henry Medina West L.A. Parking Enforcement Facility, 11214 W. Exposition Blvd.

Target's request for a permit to sell alcohol for off-site consumption was denied in April on the grounds that alcohol sales at Target would not serve public convenience and might be detrimental to the community. Target appealed that decision.

Selling alcohol in Los Angeles requires a conditional use permit from the city as well as a liquor license from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Alcohol at restaurants and bars is classified as "on-sale," while alcohol in retail stores such as Ralph's is "off-sale." Five off-sale liquor licenses are currently valid in Westwood — the maximum number allowed in the Westwood Village Specific Plan, which guides development and business in the community. A sixth would result in "over-concentration," the term applied when the ratio of liquor licenses to population in the neighborhood exceeds the ratio in the county as a whole. In order to receive a conditional use permit to sell alcohol, and subsequently to obtain a liquor license from the state, Target would need to prove to the city that its alcohol sales would satisfy "public convenience or necessity."

—Lauren C. Ruth and Sara Fay contributed to this report.

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