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File #: BL2023-1689    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Passed
File created: 1/30/2023 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 3/7/2023 Final action: 3/7/2023
Title: An ordinance creating a permit program for parklets and streateries in Davidson County and establishing a fee structure for such licenses; by amending chapter 13.32 by adding to it a new section to be designated section 13.32.166 of the Metropolitan Code of Nashville and Davidson County.
Sponsors: Sean Parker, Burkley Allen
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An ordinance creating a permit program for parklets and streateries in Davidson County and establishing a fee structure for such licenses; by amending chapter 13.32 by adding to it a new section to be designated section 13.32.166 of the Metropolitan Code of Nashville and Davidson County.

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WHEREAS, in order to assist restaurants in compliance with COVID-19 regulations and to expand outdoor dining options, the Council adopted Second Substitute Ordinance No. BL2020-403 on September 15, 2020, and extended its expiration date by resolution RS2022-1306, on January 2, 2022; and,

WHEREAS, parklets and streateries help to activate and improve the public realm, by allowing greater opportunities for people to socialize and interact with others and to activate the streetscape, leading to decreases in crime and an enhanced sense of public safety; and,

WHEREAS, restaurateurs and bar owners have successfully implemented sidewalk cafes in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County in recent years, and the desire exists to extend, in the appropriate situations and locations, sidewalk cafes into an adjacent parking space(s) (known as "streateries"); and,

WHEREAS, parklets and streateries have been used in many cities of all sizes throughout North America and are proven methods to increase the vibrancy and activity of a streetscape; and,

WHEREAS, Council intends to establish a licensing program for parklets and streateries in order to build on the successful pilot programs of the past years in Nashville and Davidson County and improve the quality of life in Nashville and Davidson County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That Chapter 13.32 of the Metropolitan Code is amended by adding a new section thereto, immediately following section 165 thereof, as follows:

13.32.166 - Parklet and Streatery

A. Definitions:

1. "Parklet" means a small public gathering space, occupying up...

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