|By Clint Brown, Pella Chronicle, Iowa|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
At the Policy and Planning meeting on
Listed below is a summary of the ordinance:
-Permit Process: A Central Business District (CBD) Outdoor Seating Permit would be required annually pursuant to the Pella CBD Outdoor Seating Guidelines.
-Appeal: A business denied a permit for outdoor seating may appeal to
-Revocation: The City may revoke a permit issued if there is noncompliance with no reasonable effort to address said noncompliance within 7 business days.
-Abatement and City Rights: The City at any time reserves the right to abate any public safety issue associated with outdoor seating and to perform any related public works improvements, such as sidewalk repairs.
Following the amendment adoption, council approved a resolution approving CBD Outdoor Seating Guidelines.
This resolution approves the
Listed below is a summary of the guidelines:
-Eligibility: In order to be able to have outdoor seating, the applicant must be a permanent business in the
-Application: An application process would be required, including application, site plan, photos, hold harmless and proof of liability insurance.
-Outdoor Seating Season: Tables and chairs are permitted in the
-Furniture: There would be furniture materials and other standards, including Community Development Committee approval, as part of the application process. No signage would be permitted in conjunction with the outdoor furniture, though business contact name and number would be required in case furniture would be misplaced for any reason.
-Setbacks: A business may be required to adjust the outdoor seating area's layout, dimensions or distance from the property line (2 feet or more) to ensure that this visibility is maintained for adjacent storefronts. Where a business is not a zero (0) lot line property, where the public right-of-way abuts the front of the business front, and where comparable outdoor seating can be reasonably accommodated on private property without conflicting with any other City Code provisions, outdoor seating would need to be placed on the private property. All seating and furniture must be placed within five (5) feet of the business storefront.