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File #: 50596    Version: Name: Capitol Square Planting Bed Conversion Policy
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/19/2018 In control: DOWNTOWN COORDINATING COMMITTEE
On agenda: 4/10/2018 Final action: 4/10/2018
Enactment date: 4/18/2018 Enactment #: RES-18-00291
Title: SUBSTITUTE - Establishing Policy Guidelines for Alterations to Capitol Square Area Planting Beds for the Intent of Creating New Public Sidewalk Cafes.
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer
Attachments: 1. Exhibit A - Planting Beds Eligible for Partial Conversion to Seating Areas.pdf, 2. 12-7-17 Cap Square planters design guidelines DRAFT1.pdf, 3. 50596 v1.pdf, 4. Street Planters 4-5-18.pdf
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution establishes guidelines for businesses and property owners to alter Capitol Square Area Planting Beds, including a Developer's Agreement, which will include a mechanism for property owners to pay for the alterations. No City appropriation required.
Title
SUBSTITUTE - Establishing Policy Guidelines for Alterations to Capitol Square Area Planting Beds for the Intent of Creating New Public Sidewalk Cafes.
Body
WHEREAS, the public rights-of-way along the radial streets extending from the Capitol Square include several trapezoidal-shaped planting areas with concrete curbing, as depicted in attached Exhibit A (“Planting Beds Eligible for Partial Conversion to Seating Areas”); and

WHEREAS, business and property owners have approached the City of Madison (the “City”) about the potential of converting all or a portion of some of these planting beds to create space for outdoor sidewalk cafes for restaurants; and

WHEREAS, several locations on the Capitol Concourse already have public spaces that have been altered to allow for sidewalk café space; and

WHEREAS, these past alterations were made on a piecemeal basis without an over-arching City policy guiding the physical design of the spaces, or a consistent policy for managing and monitoring these spaces as seating areas once the conversions were completed; and

WHEREAS, there are potential public benefits to establishing a clear and orderly procedure to guide planting bed conversions to sidewalk cafes, a process for determining when such conversions are in the public interest, and a consistent policy for licensing and monitoring the operations of these spaces as sidewalk cafes after the conversions are complete.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the City hereby establishes a procedure for reviewing and approving proposed changes to the public right-of-way for the purposes of creating new sidewalk cafes within planting beds located in the Capitol Concourse; and

BE IT FURTHER RESO...

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