Agenda Item 5.A. will review the process, guidelines, and policies regarding making the restaurant OutZones permanent in the city of West Hollywood. West Hollywood City Council will discuss the item at a regular West Hollywood city council meeting scheduled for Monday, February 6, starting at 6pm
City Staff is recommending the City Council adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 11.28 regarding outdoor dining in the public right of way, authorizing the Director of Finance & Technology Services to allocate $25,000 from unallocated reserves in General Fund to 100-3-40-41-531005 for the development of the Outdoor Dining Eligibility and Site Design Guide and related costs, and the City Council will provide any feedback, if necessary, on the proposed updates, including the eligibility criteria and design standard.
City Staff presented the permanent dining program’s proposed goals and eligibility criteria during several public hearings with various City Commissions and Boards. Staff also met with the Chamber numerous times and then attended a number of the chamber’s standing meetings with business leaders. Overall, there was support for developing new standards to convert the temporary OUTZones into permanent outdoor dining.
An email from the The Chamber this morning states that businesses expressed concern over the limited applicability of using on-street parking spaces for outdoor dining. As outlined in the report, the use of on-street parking for outdoor dining would only apply to businesses fronting a narrow sidewalk condition.
There were also concerns around the inability for a business with a limited frontage to expand dining areas in front of neighboring businesses. Because this item is addressing outdoor dining on the public-right-of-way and not outdoor dining on private property, the current proposal does not allow the business to establish separate arrangements with neighboring businesses for use of their adjacent public right-of-way.
“We are grateful to the Staff and Council for moving this issue forward, allowing us to keep this critical element for our restaurants and bars to continue to recover and help us to thrive,” reads a statement by WeHo Chamber CEO Genevieve Morrill.
In July 2020, the City began its Temporary Outdoor Expansion Permit (TOEP) program by offering streamlined approval for businesses to use sidewalks, on-street parking spaces, and private parking lots as areas to expand operations.
In August 25, 2020, the city had a soft opening for the first phase of the new OUT Zones program.
In August 31, 2020, the installation of protective k-rail barriers were completed in time for National Eat Outside Day, which is a day when people are encouraged to enjoy a meal, picnic, or snack in the outdoors.
Community members and business owners are encouraged to make comments, express concerns, and provide suggestions.
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Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect that City Staff presented the permanent dining program’s proposed goals, and eligibility criteria during several public hearings with various City Commissions and Boards. Staff also met with the Chamber numerous times and then attended a number of the chamber’s standing meetings with business leaders.