State Street Parkway patios may soon have new design rules and costs in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The COVID-19 relief that created the State Street Parkway is now part of a long-term plan that may require business owners to comply with new regulations and pay fees.

Currently, businesses have been able to use their street frontage and, in some cases, the space to their left and right with permission from those adjacent businesses. There was no cost for the city’s use of the street and only basic design rules, including lighting, chairs, color patterns and decorations.

That will probably change.

On Tuesday, the city will discuss what the region will look like in the coming months and after the pandemic emergency is over.

Outdoor tables and chairs were permitted when sanitary rules restricted indoor dining.

This restoration is back and the balance between exterior and interior restoration is a new dynamic for the city with the use of parklets and patios.

Overall, the boardwalk was an encouraging scene for many local residents and visitors.

The city is considering a yet-to-be-determined fee for street space, as well as a requirement that dining halls become portable for regular deep-cleaning projects.

The city is also considering using some federally provided recovery funds for other cosmetic improvements.

Public comments on these changes will be heard at the meeting.

Special signs are installed downtown with a QR code linking the public to the staff report.

Watch tonight on Newschannel 3-11-12

(More details, videos and photos will be added here later today)

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