Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. (a) Notwithstanding sections 12 and 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the licensing authority of the town of Natick may grant 8 additional licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises within a category of license that it has authority to grant, subject to the conditions set forth in this act.
(b) The licensing authority shall restrict the granting of licenses authorized by this act to the area within the Downtown Mixed Use (DM) Use District or the Housing Overlay Option Plan – 1 (HOOP – 1) Use District in the town of Natick for the purpose of downtown development and to promote economic vitality.
(c) Notwithstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, the licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of a license issued pursuant to this act to any location outside of the Downtown Mixed Use (DM) Use District or the Housing Overlay Option Plan – 1 (HOOP – 1) Use District in the town of Natick. The license may be reissued by the licensing authority at the same location if the applicant files with the licensing authority a statement in writing from the department of revenue that the license is in good standing with that department and that all applicable taxes have been paid.
(d) Notwithstanding said section 12 of said chapter 138 , the additional licenses authorized in this act may be subject to an original license fee of $2,500 in addition to the annual fee for the existing all alcoholic beverages licenses or wines and malt beverages licenses, as applicable, in the town of Natick. If the town imposes the aforementioned fee, the fee shall be due and payable upon the original issuance of the license and also upon the reissuance of the license pursuant to this act, and the additional fee shall be deposited in an economic development account of the town of Natick and expended by and under the direction of the board of selectmen of the town of Natick , consistent with the purposes of that account.
(e) If a license issued under this act is cancelled, revoked or no longer in use, the license shall be returned physically, with all of the legal rights, privileges and restrictions pertaining thereto, to the licensing authority which may then grant that license to a new applicant who meets the criteria set forth in this act and whose business is located within the area described in subsection (b) . The reissuance of any such license may be subject to the payment of a reissuance fee of $2,500 under the same conditions as specified in this act and shall be deposited in an economic development account of the town of Natick and expended by and under the direction of the board of selectmen of the town of Natick , consistent with the purposes of that account.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved December 17, 2008