Town waives fees for outdoor summer patios beyond Alliston

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Restaurant owners will be able to have an outdoor patio this summer in New Tecumseth without having to pay fees or charges.

The Committee of the Whole voted infavourof wai-ing those fees on February 1 for the 2021 summer sea-son.

The move is designed to provide support to local res-taurants in their recovery from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The motion included expanding the program from Al-liston to include both Tottenham and Beeton.

“It was a great success and it was really nice in the summer to see all the residents and tourists taking ad-vantage of the situation,” said Ward 1 Councillor William Noye about the short, but successful tryout from last summer. “I hope more businesses will get involved.”

In 2020, Council approved the implementation of Temporary Restaurant Patio Programs in the munici-pality.

The programs provided restaurants that do not have a permanent patio space on their property with the opportunity to take advantage of the summer weather and offer safe, outdoor dining areas to their customers.

Patios were able to operate in parking lots and adja-cent premises on private properties, as well as at curb-side locations on Victoria Street in downtown Alliston as part of a pilot project operated in partnership with the Alliston Business Improvement Association.

The curbside program had patios operate on the sidewalk while pedestrian traffic flow was maintained through the installation of temporary ‘bump-out’ side-walk structures located on some on-street parking spac-es.Last year, eight restaurants were issued permits

Town waives fees for outdoor summer patios beyond Alliston through the private property stream of the program and three through the curbside location stream.

Another ten restaurants contacted the Economic Development Of-fice expressing an interest in the program.

This season, the recommendation was that the program be expanded by including Beeton and Tottenham as well as additional streets in downtown Alliston.

The program’s conditions would be the same as used last summer. This allows patios to operate between May 15 and October 15.

Participating restaurants would be required to adhere to the program’s General Conditions as outlined in the application package

.Last year, the pilot program was put into place rela-tively late in the season, leaving many restaurants un-able to take part.It is hoped that by offering the program prior to the start of the summer season this year, more restaurants can make adjustments and take advantage of the good weather.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times