Have your say on proposed changes to Queen Street restaurants

The former Licks' restaurant space on Queen Street East. PHOTO: Anna Killen

Residents have until the end of the week to dig into and give feedback on proposed changes to Queen Street East restaurant rules.

Following last year’s public meeting and a review by city staff, a draft bylaw and report is planned for the April 4 Toronto and East York Community Council Meeting. Residents have until March 3 — this Friday — to submit comments for consideration.

The restaurant rules that govern Queen Street East could change with the new bylaw — it would be the first time they have been updated in 30 years.

The new bylaw would, in part, increase the maximum allowable restaurant size along Queen Street between Woodbine Avenue and Nursewood Road from 165 square metres to 200 square metres, remove the parking provisions (currently restaurants need to provide one parking space for each 100 square metres of total floor area used for the restaurant), and allow small side patios. Dance floors and disc jockeys would be prohibited.

Read more about the study on the city’s website.

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Good one! Actually it’s unenforceable anyway. What if there’s no “official” dance floor but people get up to dance anyway? Then we get into the legal question, “what constitutes a dance floor?” A sharp legal mind could drag that out for years.

Keep the parking rules for restaurants. Removal would mean more cars parking on already crowded side streets where I have a permit to park. I keep my eyes peeled, and always vigorously resist any reduction of street parking spaces for that reason.

So, the $1 a day you pay for your street parking permit entitles you to parking exclusitivity over a vibrant main street in our neighbourhood?

In the Beach three issues will never be resolved.
1. Beach or Beaches?
2. Dogs.
3. Parking.

Its always the same and never changes. The realty is there are too many cars and not enough parking. So the business district needs to be as pedestrian as possible and the TTC needs to be regular. Locals know what is waiting for them when they drive down or up to Queen Street-1. Parking Control Officers, 2. No available meters 3. A full Green P.

So it is really important to focus on the issue of Restaurant Rules. For example maybe they should have more side walk space for patios which will accommodate more people WITHOUT obstructing wheel chairs and scooters and strollers etc. Maybe they need more roof tops and so on.
To bog down such a serious matter with the perpetual parking issue is to render the exercise null and void. So lets provide real tangible input instead of incessant parking-belly aching and one-upmanship comments. Remember restaurants in the Beach are not just food services, they are a meeting and gathering place mostly it seems for locals. So lets to it justice by putting real thought into this.

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