Developed by ENDA Alcohol License Policy Committee
Recommended by ENDA Land Use Committee
Adopted by ENDA Board, March 17, 1997
Adopted by ENDA General Membership on April 23, 1997

It is the policy of the Eliot Neighborhood Association to limit the number of new retail alcohol sales outlets and to better manage existing outlets which have a demonstrated history of alcohol related problems. RATIONALE: Eliot is located within the Inner North/North East Alcohol Impact Area, an area with a disproportionately high number of retail alcohol outlets. The Eliot Neighborhood Association (ENDA) recognizes that the sale and consumption of certain kinds of alcohol products negatively impacts the livability of our neighborhood. Eliot’s potential for alcohol related problems is especially acute due to the abundance of substance abuse residential and outpatient treatment facilities in the neighborhood. Eliot’s alcohol related problems stem primarily from the sale and consumption of alcohol by itself, rather than from alcohol consumed as part of a meal. Accordingly, Eliot is not opposed to new alcohol sales associated with full service family restaurants. By adopting this policy ENDA hopes to achieve its goals of preventing alcohol related problems before they arise, solving existing alcohol related problems, and preserving the livability of the neighborhood. The provisions of the policy and the procedures for its implementation are set forth in the following sections.


  1. Package Store License (PS) and Package Store Tasting License (PST): In accordance with the Code of the City of Portland section 7.18.130 and based on the Inner North/Northeast Liquor Impact Area Study prepared by the Bureau of Police (1991), ENDA shall oppose all new PS and PST licenses in Eliot. RATIONALE: (1) The Impact Area Study thoroughly examines the saturation of package store outlets in the impact area of which Eliot is a part. It documents the problems associated with PS license as “drinking in public areas including public sidewalks, parking lots, residential property, and city parks: public intoxication: loitering by late stage chronic alcoholics and members of youth gangs; panhandling and intimidation of passerby; minors in possession of alcohol; public urination and defecation: excessive litter; noisy and late night disturbances; violent and disorderly conduct; and illegal drug related activity.” Eliot endorsed the study and supported the ordinance which created the Impact Area. Eliot, as October 1996, has 12 retail outlets, five of them package stores. ENDA believes any more would be detrimental to the livability of the neighborhood.
  2. ENDA encourages more full service family restaurants in Eliot. Applications emphasizing food service in a family environment will work in favor of the applicant. Emphasis on food service means that the applicant generates or expects to generate at least 65 percent of its revenues from the sale of food (excluding lottery revenues) and that the sale of alcohol will only be in conjunction with the sale of food. Family environment means minors are not excluded when accompanied by an adult.
    Rationale: Alcohol service is often critical to the success of a restaurant.
  3. ENDA shall oppose any application which proposes the sale of alcohol in conjunction with entertainment except in exceptional circumstances where the applicant’s track record, well conceived management plan, and the nature of the entertainment or other factors give a strong indication that the operations will not disturb nearby neighbors.
    RATIONALE: Establishments offering entertainment are more likely to draw a “parting” crowd which is more likely to be disruptive to Eliot residents.