Everlasting avenue patio pilot in Fernwood will get the go-ahead from Victoria – Saanich Information
The pandemic-induced courtyards on the 1300 block of Gladstone Avenue will serve as a pilot program as the city explores the idea of permanently allowing Victoria’s street and sidewalk dining options. (Don Descoteau / Black Press Media)
Resident Street Patio Pilot in Fernwood receives the green light from Victoria
The staff will check whether terraces caused by pandemics are permitted on a permanent basis
The pandemic-induced courtyards on the 1300 block of Gladstone Avenue will serve as a pilot program as the city explores the idea of permanently allowing Victoria’s street and sidewalk dining options.
In its full-session committee on Thursday, the Victoria Council unanimously approved the council. Sharmarke Dubow’s request to facilitate the permanent closure of some lanes in the Fernwood block.
There is still one lane for Fernwood Road traffic turning east on Gladstone Avenue.
Dubow’s motion came after a group of neighborhood restaurants asked the council to keep the block’s terraces on the street permanently.
Victoria’s Business Recovery from Pandemic Bylaw allows restaurants to extend their tentative patio permits through October 31st. Dubow’s motion recommended that staff contact the council to update and extend the statutes before that date.
An amendment to the approved proposal stipulated that the advice to make Build Back Victoria’s terraces program permanent would be included as an action point in the Strategic Plan 2022.
Employees said over 100 companies have permits for the patios that extend onto city streets, sidewalks and other spaces.
READ: Victoria City Council’s motion calls for the city to explore to make some street terraces permanent
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