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Waynesboro OKs new sidewalk cafe rules

Revisions will allow tables and chairs within the public right of way

December 05, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — New regulations adopted Wednesday by the Waynesboro Borough Council are designed to make it easier to open sidewalk cafes in town.

The council voted 5-0 to adopt new outdoor dining provisions as part of the zoning ordinance.

The revisions will allow tables and chairs within the public right of way. Those items are required to “remain movable.”

The ordinance would affect the “downtown business district” zone centered on Main Street, making outdoor dining areas a conditional use that will have to go before the council members for their review before approval.

In July, property owner Harry Morningstar questioned the council about a violation notice he received from the municipality’s zoning officer. The notice concerned outdoor seating at the Waynesburger at 100 W. Main St. being 1 foot within the public right of way on the sidewalk.

The discussion that followed Morningstar’s comments led to the ordinance being drafted.

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Now, a business can place tables and chairs in various places if it leaves at least 5 feet free of obstruction for a pedestrian walkway along streets.

The proposals underwent review from both the Waynesboro Planning Commission and Franklin County (Pa.) Planning Commission. No public comment on the matter was offered during a hearing held before the council’s vote Wednesday.

An unrelated issue was attached to the ordinance amendment. The council’s decision also increased the size of the zoning hearing board from three members to five members.

Councilman Mike Cermak was absent from the meeting.

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