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File #: 15-0273    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agendas Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/16/2015 In control: Board of Aldermen
On agenda: 6/23/2015 Final action:
Title: Public Hearing on Land Use Ordinance Amendments to Modify the Presumptive Parking Requirement for Restaurants with Outdoor Seating PURPOSE: The purpose of item is for the Board of Aldermen to consider amending the Land Use Ordinance to modify the presumptive parking requirements for restaurants with outdoor seating in the B-1(c), B-1(g) and B-2 zoning districts. A draft ordinance has been prepared. The Board must receive public comments before taking action on the draft ordinance.
Attachments: 1. Attachment A-1 - Consistency Resolution for Ordinance Adoption_3mb, 2. Attachment A-2 - Consistency Resolution for Ordinance Denial, 3. Attachment B - Draft Outdoor Seating LUO Amendment - 6-10-15, 4. Attachment C - Recommendations, 5. Attachment D - Excerpts from 21 ART-XVIII
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Public Hearing on Land Use Ordinance Amendments to Modify the Presumptive Parking Requirement for Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

PURPOSE: The purpose of item is for the Board of Aldermen to consider amending the Land Use Ordinance to modify the presumptive parking requirements for restaurants with outdoor seating in the B-1(c), B-1(g) and B-2 zoning districts. A draft ordinance has been prepared. The Board must receive public comments before taking action on the draft ordinance.
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DEPARTMENT: Planning

CONTACT INFORMATION: Christina Moon - 919-918-7325; Nick Herman - 919-929-3905; Marty Roupe - 919-918-7333

INFORMATION: Over the course of the last twenty-five years, interest in restaurants in the downtown area has steadily increased. (The June 22, 2004 Board of Agenda item, Land Use Ordinance Text Amendment: Restaurants in B-1(g), provides a nice overview of the topic and may be found at http://www01.townofcarrboro.org/BoA/Agendas/2004/06_22_2004.htm). A key change to the ordinance occurred in March of 1995, when the Board of Aldermen adopted a text amendment to establish the restaurant district overlay (EAT) which allowed on-premises dining (inside and outside) in the B-1(g) zoning district. Twenty years later, interest in outdoor dining has only become stronger and it is now readily considered an important element of a vibrant downtown.
Section 15-321(c)(1) of the Land Use Ordinance indicates that staff may proceed with preparation of an ordinance if it believes the change to have significant merit and would benefit the general public. The existing presumptive parking requirement for restaurants with outdoor seating is one parking space per four outdoor seats. The use of outdoor seating is, for the most part, seasonal and it coincides with the increased tendency to walk and bike during warmer months. The current LUO requirement does not take into account the non-vehicular opportunities within certain zoning distric...

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