Temporary patios will be allowed to help food and beverage businesses manage impacts of COVID-19.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Council approved a streamlined approval process for temporary patio expansions at their regular meeting June 9.
The approval enables food and beverage businesses to apply for dedicated temporary outdoor patio areas, including liquor licensed areas on both public and private lands.
"We know that businesses are struggling to re-open in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. We want to help business succeed, while ensuring they can provide a safe space for their patrons,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “Providing a streamlined application process will help businesses increase their capacity outdoors and not delay their ability to take advantage of patio season weather.”
Food and beverage businesses will be able to apply for a temporary patio or temporary patio expansion, including liquor license expansion by filling out one application form and have their application reviewed within 7 to 10 days. Applicants should take into consideration the following:
- Check property lines. For patios encroaching onto municipal or Whistler Village Land Company (WVLC) property, including municipal road right of ways, the operator will need to enter into a patio licence agreement.
- Ensure that pedestrians and vehicles, including emergency vehicles can still move around safely.
- Patios encroaching into road right of ways and parking areas will require traffic control measures to be determined in consultation with the RMOW Infrastructure Services Department, on a case by case basis.
- Avoid occupying any universally accessible parking stalls designated for persons with disabilities.
- Keep a safe distance from utility infrastructure, such as transformer boxes, fire hydrants and avoid landscaped areas.
Permanent requests for patio expansions will be subject to the standard municipal Development Permit process.
In recognition that not all restaurant establishments may have adjacent space available for use as an outdoor patio, municipal staff will be increasing the number of picnic tables in select locations throughout Whistler Village to increase public seating for take-out opportunities.
Council also approved resolutions directing municipal staff to prepare zoning amendment bylaws and land use contract amendment bylaws to restrict the use of certain locations in commercial areas in Whistler Village and Whistler Creekside that are considered important to the resort
experience and local tourism economy to food and beverage use only. RMOW staff will consult with community stakeholders including commercial landlords, and provide an online information and input opportunity before the new Bylaws go to Council for consideration.
For more information visit whistler.ca/TemporaryPatioAreaExpansions