Mapping Liquor Licensing

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For most local governments, granting a liquor license for a bar or
other retailer can often be a double-edged sword. On one side, there is
the increased sales tax of having another business in the community, as
well as the licensing fees needed for an establishment to sell alcohol.
On the other side, these types of businesses can sometimes lead to
increases in crime or public disturbances, which can in turn lead to
complaints from community residents. To help the City of Des Plaines,
IL track how many licenses they have granted, and where the licensed
establishments operate, the city’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
department was asked to create a map showing each licensed location.

Creating a spatial record of this information provides not only a
tool for visualizing where in the community liquor licenses were
granted, but it also allows city staff to see the proximity of each
licensed location to one another, as well as to other businesses and
residential areas. Knowing this information can help with the granting
of new liquor licenses by providing decision-makers with a tool to
determine if allowing a new establishment to serve alcohol in an area is
in the best interest of the surrounding neighborhood. By using GIS to
create a map product displaying this information, the spatial
relationships that exist between each location and the surrounding
community become easier identify and understand, leading to more
informed decisions.

Mapping Liquor Licensing

Blog_MappingLiquorLicensing.png

For most local governments, granting a liquor license for a bar or
other retailer can often be a double-edged sword. On one side, there is
the increased sales tax of having another business in the community, as
well as the licensing fees needed for an establishment to sell alcohol.
On the other side, these types of businesses can sometimes lead to
increases in crime or public disturbances, which can in turn lead to
complaints from community residents. To help the City of Des Plaines,
IL track how many licenses they have granted, and where the licensed
establishments operate, the city’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
department was asked to create a map showing each licensed location.

Creating a spatial record of this information provides not only a
tool for visualizing where in the community liquor licenses were
granted, but it also allows city staff to see the proximity of each
licensed location to one another, as well as to other businesses and
residential areas. Knowing this information can help with the granting
of new liquor licenses by providing decision-makers with a tool to
determine if allowing a new establishment to serve alcohol in an area is
in the best interest of the surrounding neighborhood. By using GIS to
create a map product displaying this information, the spatial
relationships that exist between each location and the surrounding
community become easier identify and understand, leading to more
informed decisions.