After several months of work by our ABRA Policy Committee, the ANC at our March 2011 meeting approved a revised set of guidelines for reviewing applications for public space sidewalk cafes. These guidelines are an update of our 1997 guidelines.
The new public space guidelines will assist the ANC in considering all applications for public space sidewalk cafes fairly and thoroughly. Applicants file sidewalk cafe requests to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Public Space Committee. If liquor is to be served, then applicants must also file such requests to the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board. The ANC hears these applications first, and the agencies are to give the ANC’s opinion “great weight” in considering the applications.
The process of revising these guidelines began in Fall 2010. The ABRA Policy Committee circulated a draft and solicited public comment from December through February. The final document was recommended by the Committee and adopted by the Commission at our March 9, 2011 public meeting.
The revised guidelines are available here.
Our prior posting on this topic is available here.