Pursuant to Chapter 36 of the Dublin Codified Ordinances and the City Manager’s Declaration of a State of Emergency issued on March 17, 2020, the enforcement of certain provisions of Chapter 153 regarding the City’s Outdoor Dining and Seating regulations are temporarily amended as follows:
A business may temporarily expand their outdoor dining and eating area outside of the currently designated/approved location to allow for increased social distancing related to COVID-19. This will be permitted with the following stipulations:
- The expansion will be permitted in conjunction with an existing and permitted restaurant use;
- A Certificate of Zoning Plan Approval will be required at no cost;
- Relief from specific zoning site requirements, design details, and parking requirements will be applied on a case-by-case basis.
- Outdoor speakers and music will not be permitted in the expanded areas.
- Outdoor dining and seating area materials should complement the existing materials.
- Expanded areas will be located to be sensitive to and take into consideration surrounding properties, including residential areas.
- Alcohol may only be served in the expanded area when permitted by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.
- Staff will review the request for the expansion in conjunction with the direction and guidance of FCPH.
A Certificate of Zoning Plan Approval shall be required in order to permit Outdoor Dining and Seating expansion. The following information will be required to be submitted with the CZPA form at no charge:
- Detailed, dimensioned site plan showing the location on the site with adherence to ensuring safe access and be served by adequate parking;
- Sensitively located and to show adherence to the standards of the community and minimizing impact on nearby residential uses to the maximum extent possible;
- Design specifications associated with the proposed outdoor dining and seating expansion shall be provided: chairs and tables, umbrellas, etc.
- Detailed narrative noting the specific use proposed and the scope of the intended use, particularly highlighting the required need as a result of COVID-19;
- Signed acknowledgment that the time period of validity is limited to the City’s designation of a State of Emergency, or any other time limitation otherwise mandated by the City Manager.
The intent of this Order is to support and promote increased social distancing and support local businesses during this difficult economic time. These temporary amendments will immediately cease upon termination of the State of Emergency or as otherwise mandated by the City Manager and the expanded outdoor dining and seating will be required to be removed and the site restored.