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Friday, December 2, 2016

Right of Way Patio Review Comments By Dec 16, 2016

We look forward to your comments on the 
draft recommendations and request that you
 please provide feedback to the ROW Patio 
Review mailbox before December 16, 2016.

Sidewalk Patio Review Program
Relaxing in an outdoor setting is on the rise in Ottawa. 
Patios across the city are popping up to create comfortable 
spaces to sit outside, enjoy the fresh air, scenery, or engage 
in conversation over a beverage. Ever wonder what behind-
the-scenes mechanics are involved? Did you know that every \
year, business owners and the City work together to make 
patios happen?
The City reviews applications from patio operators who must
 apply for an annual permit and remit associated fees for each 
patio season. Guidelines and regulations are also maintained,
with a focus on balancing dynamic patio locations with the 
safety and comfort of pedestrians.
In 2016, we're creating a new Right of Way (ROW) Patio
By-law to improve service to the restaurant industry and the 
public by rethinking how we regulate use of this public domain.

What is a Right of Way (ROW) Patio?
A ROW patio operates on City streets and boulevards 
using pedestrian space (corridors, city sidewalks) to provide 
services such as a restaurant, tavern or coffee shop. ROW 
patios can extend from the building face across a sidewalk, 
or between a curb and the sidewalk, or in a single row along 
the building face.
Patios operating on private property are not ROW patios and 
are regulated by the provisions of the Zoning By-law.

What is being proposed?
In the April to May timeframe, the City will conduct a review 
of existing regulations to identify improvements and develop
 recommendations for a new ROW patio by-law. The review 
will ensure that regulations are consistent with the City's current 
standards and objectives for street use and design. Some
existing regulations from Encroachment By-law 2003-446 may
 be removed.
A report and recommendations, along with the proposed 
new by-law, will be presented to the Transportation Committee 
by Feburary 2017.

What's not included in the review?
Patio fees will not be included in this review. Annual fees for patio permits were the subject of a comprehensive review and report to Committee and Council in 2015. Annual fees were reduced at that time. Also, during 2016 budget discussions, patio fees were frozen at 2015 rates.

Tell us what you think!
Read the Right of Way Patio Review – Draft Recommendations paper [PDF 270 KB ] which will provide an overview of what the City is recommending for ROW patios and transition strategies. To see what feedback was generated in May 2016, read the Right of Way Patio Review – Public Consultation Feedback appendix [ PDF 197 KB ]. Please provide your feedback to the ROWPatioReview@ottawa.ca mailbox by December 16, 2016.

As a reminder, below are the discussion papers from May 2016:

Read the RETHINK!

Right of Way Patio Review backgrounder [ PDF 873 KB ] which will:
  • Provide an overview of how the City currently regulates right of way patios
  • Highlight the objectives of the patio by-law review.
  • Public sidewalks and the proposed standard width for the pedestrian clearway
  • The use of audio speakers, perimeter railings, patio design options and platforms
By providing your feedback, we will send you notice of when the Transportation Committee meeting will take place, and a copy of the staff report.

 Questions? Want more information?

Linda Uhryniuk, Right of Way (ROW) Patio Review Project Lead
Senior By-law Administrator
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa ON K2G 6J8
613-580-2424 ext. 16049