Salida City Council to Discuss Temporary Business Outdoor Expansion and Downtown Mobile Vending – by Brooke Gilmore – The Ark Valley Voice

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Starting at 6:00 p.m. on May 3, the Salida City Council will host a work session where they will discuss the Temporary Business Outdoor Expansion. The City of Salida hopes to work with businesses throughout the community to pivot towards operating with safe and healthy best practices during the fight with COVID-19.

City Council will discuss proposed Resolution 2021-14, which directed City staff to facilitate the expansion of outdoor dining and retail spaces into parking lots, parking spaces, and even public streets. Staff have compiled a list of rules that businesses must comply with in order to expand their outdoor services. A breakdown of the rules can be found here.

Amicas Pizza expands table seating onto F Street with new awnings and planters. Merrell Bergin photo

The Council will also discuss downtown mobile vending. The City was recently approached by multiple mobile vendors with regard to being allowed to vend in public locations where vending is currently prohibited such as Riverside Park, Coors Boat Ramp, etc. as well as the downtown business core.

Currently, temporary commercial activities are allowed on private property and in Centennial, Alpine, and Marvin Parks, but not in any publicly owned parking lots. It is currently not permissible for non-brick-and-mortar businesses to locate within the F Street “Plaza” area downtown for the summer period when 2 blocks of the street are closed to vehicular traffic.

Staff is requesting feedback on the proposed changes to the Temporary Outdoor Expansion policies that were adopted last year, particularly as they relate to food trucks, as well as whether to begin processing changes to the Salida Municipal Code to allow for vendors in the Centennial Park parking lot adjacent to the Salida Aquatic Center. Currently, staff does not recommend changes to the temporary commercial activities portion of the Salida Municipal Code.

Click here to preregister for the meeting or here to watch it live via Youtube.