Uptowne businesses will now have the option to provide outdoor seating on sidewalks on a permanent basis.
City Council unanimously passed Ord. 2016-32 on June 14. It modified the Codified Ordinances to allow permanent outdoor dining in front of businesses located in the Uptowne zoning district.
Currently temporary outdoor dining is permitted, which allows businesses to set up tables and chairs in front of their establishments, but they must bring everything inside at the close of business.
Under the changes, businesses may establish permanent outdoor dining but must submit an application and site plan to the city. Permission to establish this outdoor dining area is done on an annual, renewable basis. During each period the permit holder must remain compliant with all of the following:
- Food trays or carts, receptacles for dirty dishes, etc. cannot be stored on any portion of the public right of way.
- All tables, chairs, etc. must be promptly removed from the sidewalk at the end of each business day unless the same is secured consistent with the design guidelines herein.
- Outdoor dining areas must meet applicable health requirements and all applicable ordinances of the City of Galion.
No fixtures in the dining area may obstruct the sidewalk within four feet of the edge of the curb to maintain clear access for pedestrians.
The legislation also added section 1151.05 to the Codified Ordinances. (Click the link below to read.)
During discussion, Council member Gail Baldinger motioned to add the following language to the legislation: “Further, all outdoor furniture, planters, and/or fencing must be securely fastened so that the same will not present a risk to the public by becoming mobile in high winds or other conditions.” The motion carried.