Should the City Council adopt a referral to the City Manager to develop a program and, if necessary, ordinance language to facilitate the transition of temporary outdoor dining and commerce permits that were obtained under the City’s declaration of emergency to permanent status?
At its January 28, 2020 meeting the City Council will decide whether to refer to the City Manager to develop a program, and if necessary, ordinance language to facilitate the transition of temporary outdoor dining and commerce permits that were obtained under the City’s declaration of emergency to permanent status. Consider criteria for transitioning spaces for public vs. private outdoor use: - Consider the structural, materials, safety and other criteria for temporary vs. permanent outdoor spaces - Consider costs and benefits of private outdoor spaces adjacent to specific businesses on customer access, parking availability, parking revenues, and all other factors. - Consider merchant opt-out vs. opt-in: To encourage and support the use of outdoor commerce, upon the conclusion of the City declaration of emergency, outdoor commerce permit holders might automatically be transitioned to permanent permit status unless the permit holder chooses to remove the installation, or the city might reach out to temporary permit holders and offer an opt-in or quick transition program. - Consider fees and potential fee waivers for temporary spaces transitioning to permanent status: Fees associated with the minor encroachment permits or sidewalk seating typically necessary for outdoor dining and commerce permits could be waived for all transitioning permits. - Consider and bring forward any and all suggestions to help transition temporary spaces to permanent with as few hurdles and costs possible. - Request the Agenda Committee consider sharing this item on Berkeley Considers. - Consider removing the prohibition of parklets on State Highways (Ashby Ave, San Pablo Ave., for example). On November 2, 2020 the Facilities, Infrastructure, Transportation, Environment & Sustainability Committee made a positive recommendation to send the item to the City Council with the recommendation language as amended by the committee.
To read the full Council item, see Item 39 on the December 15, 2020 agenda page.
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