FARMINGTON — Farmington City Council will decide during its Tuesday evening meeting whether to take its first step in allowing a craft liquor distillery and tasting room within city limits.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommends the council approve a special use permit and waiver for Dennis Mould to open the business at 4550 Rowe Ave.

Mould's business would brew, sample and sell distilled liquors, Associate Planner Sam Montoia said.

The decision is on the council's consent agenda and will be decided without discussion.

Mould would still need to meet Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the New Mexico Alcohol & Gaming Division requirements if city council approves the permit and a city-issued liquor license, Montoia said.

Montoia said he is uncertain when the business would open if it met federal, state and city requirements.

Montoia noted Mould's business would be the first craft liquor distillery in the city.

Mould, of Farmington, said he doesn't yet know if he'll open the distillery. First he wants local approval, he said, adding he's noticed the liquor distilleries recent popularity around the country.

"Montana, Wyoming, down in Arizona, Colorado," he said of the states he's seen other distilleries. "I had this vacant building and was looking for a use of it and thought that this might fit."

According to city documents, Mould would refurbish an old car wash and lube service he owns on the 0.8-acre property for his business.

"It would start very small scale if it started at all," Mould said. "This is the first step."

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