zMod - Proposed Amendment to Restaurant Provisions
- New definitions for restaurants
- Where and how restaurants would be permitted
- Parking requirements
Overall, the updates are to clarify and simplify regulations in order to keep pace with this industry that’s increasingly important to the county’s retail economy.
Why Changes Are Proposed
We also want to modernize our rules to make them more flexible to meet future trends and changes.
Existing rules can:
- Limit business practices and opportunities to open restaurants in some locations
- Create unnecessary barriers and permitting difficulties
- Create challenges in meeting outdated zoning definitions that are based on how restaurants operate
For example, our current rules define restaurants by how they operate, such as whether food is served to customers at tables on non-disposable plates and silverware. Today’s popular fast casual restaurants, like Panera or Pei Wei, blur these outmoded distinctions
The proposed rules include changes to:
- Definitions: restaurants would be more generically defined in three categories: restaurant (general); restaurant with a drive-through; or a carryout restaurant
- Locations: revise the zoning districts to reflect the newly defined uses, and simplify use limitations.
- Parking: consider two options—convert the basis for restaurant parking requirements to the square feet of gross floor area, which would be a more stable unit of measurement than seats and employees; or keep the current parking rates pending further study.
- Read a summary and draft amendment text
- Read the whitepaper that explains the proposal in more detail
- Look at zoning maps of commercial and highway corridor districts
- Staff Report - Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments - Restaurants
Planning Commission Land Use Committee
Board Development Processs Committee
Authorization of concept by BOS
Citizen Working Group
BOS Development Process Cmte./ Draft Text
BOS Authorization with Text
Planning Commission Public Hearing
BOS Public Hearing