Outdoor patios in downtown Kincardine this summer
By Liz Dadson
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Kincardine council has given final approval for outdoor patios in downtown Kincardine this summer.
The issue stems from a presentation to council in February in which staff outlined what was required for a business to set up an outdoor patio for the summer months.
The following documents would be required for the review and approval of an outdoor patio by the municipality:
The applicant is required to provide a site plan which includes the following:
For first-time applicants, the total fee is $200 plus applicable taxes. This covers the administrative costs associated with the issuance of a right-of-way permit and one inspection visit.
Lease fees for the municipal sidewalk and parking space usage, from April 15 to Oct. 15, are waived in the first year of operation.
For second-time and subsequent applicants, the application fee is $200 plus applicable taxes, for the permit and inspection visit.
The lease rate will be 25 cents, plus applicable taxes, per square feet per month, for the lease of municipal sidewalk and parking space(s), for the purpose of the outdoor patio.
For detailed information about establishing an outdoor patio, click here.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert requested the proposal be sent to the Kincardine police services board which was done. The board made suggested wording changes that were incorporated in the new document.
Councillor Kenneth Craig suggested the proponents of outdoor patios pay at least 50 per cent of the lease fee in the first year because they are creating the outdoor patio as a way of making more money.
He said there is value placed on the municipal sidewalk for outdoor patios, so will there be a value placed on that space used by local retailers in other areas?
Councillor Maureen Couture said she has no concerns about other merchants using the municipal sidewalks for signs or racks of clothes. However, an outdoor patio has full use of that space for a certain amount of time, and should pay for it.
"That $200/year every year is a bit steep," said Faubert. "Perhaps the $200 could be a one-time fee."
"I have no problem with charging that fee," said deputy mayor Anne Eadie.
The outdoor patio policy was adopted at the March 19 meeting.
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