Garden Grove

Outdoor dining is growing up

THE STATUS of outdoor dining in Garden Grove is moving from temporary to permanent (Shutterstock).

By Jim Tortolano

An ordinance making permanent outdoor dining uses was approved by the Garden Grove City Council Tuesday night.

The council voted 7-0 to move the status of al fresco dining – now mostly along Main Street in the downtown area – from their temporary status. Businesses now operating on that basis would need to apply for a regular permit.

“I’m excited to see this become permanent,” said Mayor Steve Jones. “It’s one of the few silver linings to come out of the coronavirus pandemic.”

The ordinance, which requires a second reading and final approval in order to become law, creates development standards for outdoor dining not only in commercial areas but also in mixed-use, office professional, industrial and open space zones.

Also on Tuesday night, the council voted 7-0 to approve an urgency ordinance that implements a new state law allowing the owners of homes in single family zones to split their lots in two, and build two residences on each lot.

The planning commission already gave its approval – with some reluctance – to the proposed ordinance. Senate Bill 9 was intended to help ease California’s housing crisis. Critics argue it will end single-family neighborhoods and add to problems with traffic, parking and other impacts on the city’s infrastructure.



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  1. This is great!
    Remember when businesses there begged for this and it was always a no no no, no go?
    Agree with mayor, this is one good thing. Lemonade from 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋

    Sunshine is the best disinfectant. And for Vitamin D.
    Needed for a healthy immune system. Outdoor eating is good fun.

  2. Every time it gets warm, it seems like the perfect time to dine outside. For some strange reason, there are never very many places to go. This will hopefully make it a reality. Yay!

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