Rehearsing Outside Dining?

OutsideDining.jpgLast week I snapped this picture of a film project on a Division Street sidewalk. The timing made me think of a test run for the proposed Outside Dining Ordinance.

Spurred by Griff Wigley and encouraged by Jim Pokorney, the NDDC has drafted language for an Outside Dining Ordinance. Based on input that we gathered at our Downtown Forum on the topic, we are proposing, among other things, that the outside dining area be immediately adjacent and continguous with the building structure, an ADA-compliant pathway must be maintained in the public way, when alcohol is served, a visible barrier must define the outside dining area, and that alcoholic beverages must be served and consumed only inside the defined outside dining area.

The proposed ordinance language is currently being circulated among interested downtown restaurant owners. It will be forwarded to the downtown council members, and copied to the city staff, in the very near future.

3 Comments

  1. Jim Herreid
    Posted July 8, 2007 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a great idea…why not give it a try. Now would be a good time to start.

  2. Ross Currier
    Posted July 9, 2007 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Hey, we’ve got former Council Member and current Planning Commissioner Jim Herreid’s support, this must be a done deal….

    ;-)

  3. Posted July 11, 2007 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try riding from the trailhead in Dundas to an eatery in Nfld, enjoy a little streetside dining and then ride back to the new theater (which I assume will have good bike access and parking), then returning to the trailhead to drive on home. This is a fun place to live! I just don’t have the gumption to ride up those big hills south of town (yet).

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