A prohibition on quick foods eating places in the 3rd Avenue Promenade has been retroactively reestablished but Santa Monica’s Scheduling Commission has asked Town Council to revisit the ordinance in 2021.
In November 2018, in buy to ensure that the Promenade taken care of its reliable characteristics, Town Council adopted an urgency Interim Zoning Ordinance (IZO) to protect against the proliferation of rapid food items restaurants on the Promenade. The ordinance defined a fast-food stuff restaurant as a position in which orders are taken at a wander-up window, counter or equipment payment is accomplished prior to foodstuff usage and foodstuff is served with disposable, a single-time, or constrained-use wrapping, containers, or utensils and also banned restaurants and cafes that have more than 100 domestic places.
The IZO expired on Nov. 26, 2020, with no more extensions possible, team lately discussed in a presentation, which in depth how the just lately handed amendments protect against greater chains from dominating the popular downtown shopping space.
Massive scale businesses like Taco Bell and Burger King are unquestionably suited to be tenants who can sign 5- to 10-12 months leases and stand up to the results of the pandemic. Nevertheless, there is a belief that the proposed amendments aid boost a one of a kind and varied Promenade practical experience that is only built attainable by way of locally-based, independent restaurants, according Kathleen Rawson, who spoke on the concern at a Metropolis Council meeting this December.
A several weeks previously, when the Planning Commission to start with reviewed the ordinance, Commissioner Leslie Lambert disagreed with the then-proposed ordinance.
“I definitely despise this. I think it is elitist and (shows) the Promenade is far too unique and we’re far too special to have a Taco Bell on the Promenade. I am so offended by this I can hardly even communicate about it,” Lambert mentioned. “And what it does is restrict the ingesting alternatives to people who simply cannot afford to pay for the sushi dining establishments on the Promenade. And we have tons of holidaymakers and citizens who can’t find the money for people restaurants.”
Councilmember Phil Brock raised identical worries all through the councils conference when he spoke on behalf of the regional household of four who may not be in a position to pay for a Michelin-starred cafe. “I want to make confident we have an built-in meals support at all value factors,” Brock explained.
But Planning Fee Chair Shawn Landres reported the Fee also had other individuals in mind when he tackled Council this thirty day period.
Landres pushed for a approach to make the Promenade accessible to small entrepreneurs, women, individuals of shade, African-Americans and other individuals who will need access to spots like the Promenade in buy to develop. He also drew the council’s notice to the simple fact that commissioners only approved the ordinance again in October with the assumption that it would return to them to be discussed sometime in the summer months.
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. has previously engaged MIG, Inc. to get ready a 3rd Road Promenade Stabilization & Economic Vitality Strategy, which will assess the Promenade’s benefits and problems in competing for modern retail, cafe and amusement utilizes. “Included in the scope of operate is a need to determine opportunities to make improvements to local community wellbeing by ground ground tenancies with a distinct concentration on enhancing range, equity and inclusion between equally patrons and enterprise operators,” a staff members report states.
Shortly after obtaining assurance that function on the system is underway, council unanimously agreed to give commissioners a possibility to visit the ordinance once more the moment programs are all set in the upcoming.
This posting was updated to involve the point that Shawn Landres spoke on behalf of the Planning Fee throughout the aforementioned City Council conference.