On a trial basis for 2020-2021, the
Street Patios Pilot Project is an opportunity for restaurants, cafés, and
certain other businesses to extend outdoors onto District-owned streets and
sidewalks. This pilot is one way in which the District of Sechelt has committed
to find workable solutions to assist local businesses which have been impacted
by the physical distancing restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The presence of street
patios can inject vibrancy into a streetscape and enhance the pedestrian
experience. Creating such places for people to meet and sit improves social
connections and community safety, which benefits overall livability. Street
patios in certain areas are supported by the District of Sechelt’s Official
Community Plan and Council’s Strategic Plan.
This booklet provides guidance on the safe
and appropriate use of public streets and sidewalks for businesses interested
in expanding their outdoor dining or display of merchandise.
Not all guidelines will apply for all situations.
For permission to construct a patio or place furnishings or sales goods on public-owned streets or sidewalk areas, please contact the Community Planner, at Planning@Sechelt.ca to discuss your proposal.