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Parklets are a prominent feature of the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year the City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance, transitioning the temporary pilot into a permanent program incorporating lessons learned, public feedback as well as other elements that make the program sustainable on a permanent basis. This includes a required annual fee to recover city costs including parking revenue, design requirements that promote creative and attractive installations, and opportunities for non-profit and community organizations.
Following a public input period on the draft Outdoor Dining Guide in May 2022, the proposed ordinance establishing a permanent parklet program. revisions to the sidewalk cafe ordinance, and establishing use fees will go before the City Council on July 5, 2022 (1st reading) and July 19, 2022 (2nd reading). For information on providing public comment for the hearing, visit the City Council agenda page.
Public Review Draft: Outdoor Dining Guide
The Public Review Draft: Outdoor Dining Guide (including parklets)
is open for public comment until May 29, 2022. The comment period for the public draft is now closed. The Outdoor Dining Guide provides an early preview of proposed elements of the permanent parklet program that will be considered by the City Council for adoption in July. Please add your statement below!
Fee and Program Roll-Out
A part of the permanent program will be establishing a fee for the parklet program. The current cost to the City for removing a parking spot for a parklet including parking revenue loss and maintenance is approximately $8,940 per year (Revised cost. See Cost Estimate Breakdown). At the Public Hearings on July 5th and 19th, the City Council will determine how much of the cost will be required as part of a parklet permit.
Permits for existing parklets under the pandemic response program are current until June 2022. Once a permanent program is adopted by Council a grace period will be necessary to transition existing parklets to the permanent program requirements as well as the removal of parklets for businesses who choose not to transition to the permanent program. Staff is currently recommending that a grace period extend until January 1, 2023 to account for both administrative time necessary to transition all interested parties to the new program as well as account for the busy holiday shopping season when road construction in the downtown is put on hold. At the Public Hearings on July 5th and 19th, the City Council will determine the timeframe for the grace period.
|Public Workshop||City Library (995 Palm Street)||May 26, 2022 5:30pm-6:30pm|
|City Council Hearing (Ordinance 1st Reading)||City Hall (990 Palm)|| |
July 5, 2022 Time: TBA
|City Council Hearing (Ordinance 2nd Reading)||City Hall (990 Palm)||July 19, 2022 Time:TBA|
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