This week, town acquired one step nearer to creating outside eating everlasting when the Metropolis Planning Fee voted unanimously for a zoning textual content modification which removes geographic restrictions concerning using outside house by eating places. As soon as it is accredited by the Metropolis Council and the mayor, as is anticipated, the slate will likely be cleaned for town to develop and regulate a brand new everlasting program. And New Yorkers may have the possibility to participate in that dialog.
The Division of Metropolis Planning (DCP) and Division of Transportation (DOT) introduced final month that they’re launching a public survey and engagement course of to enhance the designs and guidelines concerning everlasting outside eating setups.
“The incredible success of outdoor dining shows how we can reimagine our streetscape to better serve our neighborhoods,” stated DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman. “We have learned so much about how to make this overwhelmingly popular program even better, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re thrilled to start this robust conversation with the public to craft guidelines that will increase accessibility, safety and address concerns such as noise, hours of operation and sanitation.”
The particulars of their outreach have now been launched: you may go right here now to take the survey (they ask that New Yorkers reply by December thirty first). That features questions on crucial advantages of outside eating and what your main issues are a few everlasting Open Eating places program.
Then there’s the schedule of in-person and distant roundtables over the following six months. That features displays of plans at every of the 5 Borough Boards this winter, the place officers will supply an outline of the long run Open Eating places designs, tips, course of and targets, and can solicit suggestions. Anybody from the general public can attend in particular person or on-line on these dates:
- Queens, Monday, December sixth, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
- Brooklyn, Tuesday, December seventh, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
- The Bronx, Thursday, December sixteenth, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
- Manhattan, Friday, December seventeenth, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
- Staten Island, TBD
There may even be a collection of digital roundtables open to the general public, the place “any New Yorker can share their thoughts on the permanent Open Restaurants program.” These will occur on Tuesday, January eleventh, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, January twelfth, 2022, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The present non permanent emergency Open Eating places program will run by the tip of 2022, so town has till the beginning of 2023 to get the main points prepared earlier than any modifications are carried out. A primary report on the principles is anticipated to be launched in March 2022, adopted by a second spherical of public engagement and outreach periods to finalize particulars.
You can see the remainder of the timeline for the outside eating engagement course of within the graphic beneath.