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July 10, 2014

Zoning ordinance amended

The first reading of a Zoning Ordinance Amendment was approved by the Pella City Council. If adopted this action would amend Chapter 165, Zoning Regulations by adding a new section pertaining to outdoor seating in the Central Business District. Second and third readings were waived by Council and the ordinance was adopted.

At the Policy and Planning meeting on April 15, 2014, Council discussed a request by the Chamber of Commerce to permit outdoor cafe/bistro style seating in the downtown area. The direction was for City staff and the Chamber of Commerce to work together on possible guidelines that would permit outdoor seating in the downtown. In order to establish these guidelines, an ordinance amendment is necessary authorizing the administrative permitting process under the Zoning Regulations, Chapter 165.30, along with a resolution approving the following guidelines. At the Policy and Planning meeting on June 3, 2014, staff was directed to proceed with the ordinance amendment.

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 City Council.

-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.

At the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on June 23, 2014, approval of the proposed ordinance amendment was recommended by a vote of 9 to 0, with one abstention.

Following the amendment adoption, council approved a resolution approving CBD Outdoor Seating Guidelines.

This resolution approves the Central Business District (CBD) Outdoor Seating Guidelines, which provides a framework for permit review of any proposed outdoor seating and tables.

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