- Advertisement -
More
    - Advertisement -
    - Advertisement -
    HomeNewsWest Hollywood to Consider Approval of 10-Day Extension for Temporary OUTZone

    West Hollywood to Consider Approval of 10-Day Extension for Temporary OUTZone

    - Advertisement -

    At a Regular West Hollywood City Council meeting on Monday, May 20, 2024, the West Hollywood City Council will consider the approval of a proposal to extend the deadline for businesses to transition their temporary OUTZones to permanent outdoor dining areas. The proposed extension in the consent calendar would grant an additional ten days, moving the deadline from June 1, 2024, to June 11, 2024. This decision comes as businesses prepare for the city’s WeHo Pride weekend, seeking to maintain outdoor dining spaces for the influx of visitors.

    The recommendation includes the approval of a resolution to amend the deadline and allow for the continued use of OUTZones until all necessary permits for permanent conversion are obtained. This extension is primarily aimed at assisting businesses that have been actively working with city staff to comply with new outdoor dining regulations introduced in March 2023.

    The initiative to convert temporary OUTZones, established during the COVID-19 pandemic to support local businesses, has been a focus of the city’s efforts to maintain vibrant and diverse economic activity. On November 20, 2023, the City Council set a June 1, 2024, deadline for businesses to either remove or convert these temporary dining areas in compliance with updated design guidelines.

    City staff have been collaborating with businesses that met the January 12, 2024, application deadline, guiding them through the permitting process. Significant progress has been made, but the upcoming PRIDE weekend has prompted requests for a brief extension to avoid disruption during the celebrations.

    A recent ordinance, No. 24-11, further complicates the transition. Adopted on May 6, 2024, this ordinance clarifies eligibility for narrow sidewalk areas to convert OUTZones to permanent outdoor dining spaces. However, permits under this ordinance cannot be issued until it becomes effective on June 6, 2024, creating a conflict with the original June 1 deadline.

    The West Hollywood Municipal Code requires a seven-day public comment period and a ten-day appeal period for administrative permits, potentially delaying the effective date of permits beyond June 1. This procedural timeline has necessitated the proposed extension to ensure all businesses have adequate time to comply.

    City staff will continue to engage with businesses, assisting them through the application and transition process. On-site meetings and guidance sessions will remain ongoing until all businesses have either converted to permanent outdoor dining or removed their temporary OUTZones.

    The City Council’s decision on this extension will impact numerous local businesses, providing them with the necessary flexibility to finalize their transitions without compromising their operations during one of West Hollywood’s busiest weekends.

    5 1 vote
    Article Rating
    - Advertisement -
    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

    4 COMMENTS

    Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest
    4 Comments: We Want to Hear from You!
    newest
    oldest most voted
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments
    Enough!
    Enough!
    Offline
    22 days ago

    Rules mean nothing anymore. There is never any consequence and they (the city) keep accommodating those that don’t comply. Other businesses managed to get it together and remove their zones. Why can’t these last few? They’ve had plenty of time. Enough!

    ThomasS
    ThomasS
    Offline
    24 days ago

    No way! get this crap off the sidewalk
    I don’t care how small your bar is we need room to walk here, have some decency.

    Jim Nasium
    Jim Nasium
    Offline
    24 days ago

    “outdoor dining spaces for the influx of visitors” (?) They got it backwards. How about free sidewalk spaces for the influx of visitors?

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
    Offline
    24 days ago

    From CDC data analyzed by the agency from emergency department visits and, CDC modeling clearly shows COVID-19 infections are now increasing on the West Coast. The dominant variants (NOT different enough to be considered a separate strain) of SARS-CoV-2 virus currently circulating are KP.2 and KP.1.1, aka the “FLiRT” variants. Both variants are closely related to the JN.1 variant from this winter’s wave, apart from two minor changes enabling them easier spread. The nonpharmaceutical disease containment methods like OUTZones are highly effective against COVID-19 spread, keeping them is a very good idea

    cdc-covid-map
    RELATED ARTICLES
    - Advertisment -

    Recent Comments On WEHO TIMES

    Latest Articles

    4
    0
    Would love your thoughts, please comment.x