Sylvania City Council has set and advertised a Public Hearing for the proposed expansion of the downtown Sylvania Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA).
This public hearing is required by Ohio Revised Code ORC 4301.81 to make any changes to the existing DORA. The public hearing will be Monday, June 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to receive public comment and input.
The original DORA was requested by downtown business owners and approved by City Council in 2019 after several months of study, consideration and review by a committee of area business owners, home owners and councilmembers. That original DORA included Main Street from Monroe Street north to mid-block between Erie and Maplewood, and adjacent areas of Maplewood.
The DORA has been very popular with many of our residents and businesses, especially during the COVID-19 precautions and guidelines restricting inside dining. The Sylvania Police routinely drive through the area and have reported few problems or enforcement issues.
Due to a change in Ohio Law, City Council was able in July of last year to expand the DORA to include the downtown mini-park at the northeast corner of Main Street and Maplewood. Previously, Ohio Law did not allow public parkland to be included in DORAs, but the Ohio Legislation withdrew that restriction earlier last year. That park has outdoor seating popular with downtown visitors and DORA patrons.
City Council has now been asked to further expand the existing DORA to include additional areas:
Main Street north to Erie Street
Maplewood east to Summit Street
Summit Street south from Maplewood one half block towards Monroe Street Becker Place
Sylvania Heritage Village
Once public comment and input have been received at the public hearing, City Council will consider making changes to the proposed enlargement areas, and is required by Ohio Law to pass legislation to enact any of the requested expansions.
Sylvania City Council has also been requested by the Downtown Sylvania Association (DSA) to consider adopting Food Truck regulations. This request is in response to the increased popularity of our downtown, especially during First Friday Art Walks, and the increased interest from food truck operators to be present. City Council is considering the need to confirm the safety of these food trucks, control the number of food trucks, determine where they can park and limit the noise they generate.
The proposed Food Truck regulations have been referred to City Council's Employee and Community Relations Committee for study and development of these new regulations. The Committee set Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. in City Council Chambers to meet again and discuss the proposed regulations as being developed with the help of the City's Law Director and Safety Director.
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