Councillor Jim Palm thanked Gow for being creative.
Councillor Rob Southcott said he was excited about the prospect. Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman said this year would be a pilot project and she likes the idea of no fees for this first period of time.
Parklets are for use by anyone on the street. Gow said other communities have dealt with the issue.
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He said in this community, there are challenges, such as the width of sidewalks in front of local restaurants. He said there may be something that can be salvaged for the season. He said the city is trying to act quickly.
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City of powell river explores patios and parklets for restaurants
Gow said city staff was already considering ways to explore to utilize public land to allow for more public dining. They typically have a steward or partner who looks after the site and are not just for users of a particular business.
Manager of planning services Jason Gow appeared before council at its May 27 meeting to provide an update on outdoor patios and parklets on streets in the city. He said he wanted to make his presentation to get the initiative moving along.
The businesses look after the space and manage it. He said roide patios are privatized in the sense that they are operated by a business. However, he pointed out that even without the support of MOTI, there is opportunity in the downtown core as the city owns numerous properties and adjacent ro in this vicinity.
There are also considerations to be made in the COVID era, making sure there is adequate separation for patrons and pedestrians. Paul Galinski photo.
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Home Local News City of Powell River explores patios and parklets for restaurants Staff members consider ways to allow for more public dining. He said it is also important to get a sense as to the value of compensation the city should expect to receive when a proposal includes privatization of public lands.
Powell River councillors receive wastewater treatment plant update May 28, PM. If it is, we could use your help. He said the city was looking at Marine Avenue and there are other commercial areas that could be looked at as well, in Cranberry and the Townsite commercial area. Gow said the elephant in the room is the provincial ministry of transportation and infrastructure MOTIwhich has jurisdiction over Marine Avenue. He said the initiative could provide support for businesses struggling because of COVID restrictions.
Joyce Avenue is not an area that can benefit from patios and parklets, according to Gow. Gow said patios on public land could be located on sidewalks. Up. More Local News.
Gow made the distinction between a patio and a parklet. Gow said it was important to get confirmation on areas of the community in which the initiative would apply. Nelson, for example, has a good bylaw, said Gow, as does Victoria.
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City of Powell River staff members are looking at steps that can be taken to facilitate outdoor spaces for local businesses such as restaurants. Councillor Cindy Elliott asked about the chances of being able to use parking spaces for patios along Marine Avenue, the provincial highway. He said another thing the city was looking at was parking lots connected directly to particular businesses.
He said the city would have to consider whether patios and parklets were seasonal, or whether they would operate year-round. Gow said he is an optimist and believes the letter sent to the minister earlier in the week that requests a change to policies will be supported.
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