Dallas City Council's Quality of Life and Environment Committee has directed the city's Sustainable Development and Construction Department to explore two possible amendments to the Dallas Development Code:
- One would create new parking requirements for restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafes, and entertainment venues that have outdoor seating and entertainment areas.
- The other would create an overlay that could be used by the city to require Dallas restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and other late night businesses to obtain a special permit to operate past midnight.
On Nov. 22, 2016, the Save the Patio coalition formed in response.
On Nov. 29, 2016, the city held its first public information meeting on these ideas. At first, businesses were not invited to the public meeting. When this was brought to their attention, the invitation was extended to restaurants, bars, commercial real estate professionals, service industry employees, and others who enjoy Dallas' enertainment districts. Of the 300 who attended, 90% were in support of Save the Patio's stances.
On Dec. 12, 2016 another public meeting was held, this time on just the patio parking ordinance. Of the 250+ in attendance, 90% were opposed to further parking regulations. At this meeting, Dallas City Council Representative Mark Clayton took full credit for staff's patio parking pursuits, apologized, asked us not to hold staff responsible for his actions, and walked back his concerns about parking ...
even though the meeting continued to be about parking.
A January, 2017, public meeting on a TBD date will address the late-hours overlay (a/k/a midnight curfew). As an individual or as a business, you can endorse Save the Patio and we will keep you informed.
Tell your city councilperson you want to live in a sophisticated city that supports walkability, outdoor patios, safe neighborhoods, a healthy economy, and late-night serving hours.