Let's eat outside! DFI recently led a mutually enthusiastic meeting with the City's department leaders to create the municipal code and permitting regulations to facilitate sidewalk use by our great local businesses. From enjoying the sunshine at a cafe table to displaying great wares for sale, we recognize the importance and value of making this goal a reality by Spring 2019. After reviewing comparable examples from across the country, we understand what elements are best suited for our community.
Next steps: DFI is collaborating with its City partners to formulate the legal code and identify approved areas for cafe seating or displays of wares.
To identify recommended areas for cafe tables and displays of wares, DFI is partnering with Brandon Graska of WS Development and the Department of Public Works to review sidewalk constraints and features that may inhibit or support sidewalk activation while also adhering to ADA guidelines.
A regulatory permitting process and design review flowchart will also be created along with tailored templates for all required licenses and permits.