A city councilman wants "safe zones" without beer and wine stores even if a measure to allow citywide sales passes.
But Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway said he still has reservations about allowing citywide beer and wine sales.
"It would be an overproliferation of beer and wine stores throughout the southern sector," he told a dozen residents at a South Dallas meeting.
Currently, Dallas is a patchwork of wet and dry areas.
Caraway said he would like to see "safe zones" set up in the city where beer and wine stores couldn't pop up. But he said the negotiations must take place before the measure gets on the ballot.
"Work on it now, so that we can set policy. Should the election pass, it's no longer policy, it's legal," he said. "Right now, we could put some kind of safeguards in places that might make sense."
Caraway said he is concerned that some neighborhoods would see "five or six stores on a corner" if voters approve Progress Dallas' measure.
"Look at what comes with that -- trash, crimes and all sorts of things could potentially take place," he said.
And the sales could also help Kroger grow in Dallas, he said.
"When we have more sales, we can build more stores, hire more people, so it's an economic development issue as well," Huddleston said.