Legislation introduced by District 2 Council member Amir Farokhi establishing procedures for permitting right-of-way dining passed unanimously on Monday (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1354).
The legislation creates a process to permit outdoor dining in the public right-of-way, like sidewalks, provided ample pedestrian clearance and zoning allowance. Patrons can currently eat and drink outside on private property. The move into publicly-owned space is the marked change.
Council member Farokhi believes that the bill, which had seven co-sponsors, is an important step forward culturally for the city.
“If we want a city where our street life matches our skyline, we must design and activate public space with people in mind,” Farokhi said. “Sidewalk dining is a characteristic of great cities across the world. Nothing brings people together like food.”
“There’s been an appetite to do this for some time. In fact, the first version of this bill came up in 2009. This was the fourth, and thankfully final effort, to get it right,” Farokhi said. “The Law Department and Department of Public Works really rolled up their sleeves as did a number of community improvement districts. The bill was reviewed and approved by three separate Council committees, and the NPU system. A public hearing was held. All told, this was a nearly year-long effort.”
The bill now heads to the Mayor’s desk for her signature.
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