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File #: 22-0306    Name:
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/22/2021 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 10/12/2021 Final action:
Title: Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance amend and reordain Section 3-2-85 (Annual Charge for Commercial Encroachments) of Chapter 2 (Taxation) of Title 3 (Finance, Taxation, and Procurement) and Section 5-2-29 (Street Encroachments) of Chapter 2 (Streets and Sidewalks) of Title 5 (Transportation and Environmental Services) of The Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended.
Attachments: 1. 22-0306_Attachment1_Parklet Ordinance Cover, 2. 22-0306_Attachment2_ParkletsOrdinance, 3. 22-0306_Attachment3_FeedbackResponsesSummary, 4. 22-0306_Attachment4_ParkletGuidelinesDraft, 5. 22-0306_Attachment5_Presentation
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM

DATE: OCTOBER 5, 2021

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance amend and reordain Section 3-2-85 (Annual Charge for Commercial Encroachments) of Chapter 2 (Taxation) of Title 3 (Finance, Taxation, and Procurement) and Section 5-2-29 (Street Encroachments) of Chapter 2 (Streets and Sidewalks) of Title 5 (Transportation and Environmental Services) of The Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended.
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ISSUE: Consideration of an ordinance to create a parklet program and allow parklets as a permitted encroachment.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

1. Introduce and pass on first reading Tuesday, October 12, 2021, the ordinance (Attachment 2) to allow parklets as a permitted encroachment; and

2. Direct the Traffic and Parking Board to adopt design requirements for parklets; and

3. Schedule the ordinance for second reading, public hearing, and final passage on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

BACKGROUND: "Parklets" are the conversion of an on-street parking space into an extension of the sidewalk, to be used for open space, public seating, or the use of an adjacent business for dining or retail. As a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, in May 2020, City staff established a process for creating temporary parklets that could be used for outdoor dining and retail. The location and design of these on-street dining spaces was based on a modified version of the parklet design guidelines, reviewed by the Traffic and Parking Board in February 2020 as part of a pilot program for public-use parklets.

Currently, businesses may request the conversion of the parking in front of their business into a seating area or retail space and in front of adjacent properties with written permission from the adjacent property owner. The City insta...

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