Boulevard Cafe & Marketing bylaws public consultation Feb 6-18, 2014

The City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) Division is undertaking a review of the existing Boulevard Cafe and Marketing bylaws. The goal of the review is to consider a harmonized boulevard cafe and marketing bylaw which will apply to all areas of Toronto. The review includes in-depth research, analysis and consultations with business operators and the public. ML&S will submit a staff report with recommendations for the industry to the Licensing and Standards Committee in the first half of 2014.

Boulevard cafe:  In the former municipalities of the City of Toronto (except in Scarborough), restaurant/cafe owners can apply for a “boulevard cafe” permit, allowing them to operate a “cafe” or patio on the public right-of-way (boulevard/sidewalk). Boulevard marketing: In the former municipalities of the City of Toronto (except in Scarborough), retail business owners can apply for a “boulevard marketing” permit, allowing them to operate a stall outside of their business on the public right-of-way (boulevard/sidewalk) to offer their goods and merchandise for sale.

For more details click here, contact Olga Kusztelska, Senior Policy and Research Officer at City of Toronto,  416-392-7964 [email protected] or attend one of the following public consultations:

Public Thursday, February 6, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. City Hall Committee Room 2
Public Tuesday, February 11, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. East York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
Public Thursday, February 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Etobicoke Civic, Main Boardroom
Public Tuesday, February 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3

Restaurant Study Pre-hearing February 14, 2014

A hearing for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) challenge of a City of Toronto bylaw limiting the concentration of bars on Queen Street West in Parkdale takes place Feb. 14. City council adopted the bylaw last summer after the planning department completed a restaurant study of the strip. The bylaw included a cap on the number of bars along Queen West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue to 25 per cent. It also had a number of rules around size of dance floors, patios and prohibiting bars on second floors of buildings.

During that study a moratorium was placed on new bars, restaurants and bakeries opening. Since the bylaw was appealed by the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, the moratorium has remained in place.

An OMB pre-hearing is the first time those involved in the hearing meet. Pre-hearings are held to help identify issues, parties and participants; to determine what documents should be exchanged; and determine procedures before and during the hearing. They are also a time to set future hearing dates. For more details about this Parkdale Village article click here, and for case study details click: OMB Restaurant Study Pre-hearing – Feb 2014.

Join us for a Facade Improvement Workshop February 26, 2014

Are you thinking of improving your commercial building facade?

Once again, the Parkdale Village BIA will be hosting a Workshop for property owners and tenants who are interested in learning more about receiving funding to redesign, renovate or restore their commercial building facades. Join the many businesses who have taken advantage of this opportunity, including Made You Look, Chantecler and Speedy Queen Coin Laundry.

Join us on Wednesday February 26th 6-8pm as Economic Partnership Advisor Michael Saunders discusses which improvements are eligible, the benefits of applying, application process and more. Improving your facade is a great way to show customers and residents that you care about your neighborhood streetscape and want to provide a more welcoming environment to work, shop and live.

This workshop is free, please email or call us to confirm your attendance and workshop location. If you are unable to attend, you can contact Michael Saunders at [email protected], 416-392-1005 or access the presentation online. The application deadline is May 29th, 2014.