Outdoor dining toolkit page
Outdoor dining toolkit page

The Toolkit provides answers and information for different goals, including the desire to streamline the outdoor dining permitting and construction processes.

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Outdoor dining design guidelines
Outdoor dining design guidelines

Design guidelines address varied situations to give business owners the information they need to create outdoor spaces for dining and retail.

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Brookline outdoor dining
Brookline outdoor dining

Outdoor dining in Brookline, MA.

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Outdoor dining toolkit page
Outdoor dining toolkit page

The Toolkit provides answers and information for different goals, including the desire to streamline the outdoor dining permitting and construction processes.

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OUTDOOR DINING/RETAIL COMMUNITY TOOLKIT

Providing a full packet of resources and templates for all communities seeking to make outdoor dining/retail permanent

As part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Rapid Recovery Plan (RRP) Program, CivicMoxie prepared a toolkit to guide communities seeking to create or improve outdoor dining and retail programs to support their businesses and activate commercial areas.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many towns and cities enacted temporary emergency ordinances to allow outdoor dining under zoning and made other accommodations regarding parking, transportation guidelines, and alcohol permitting to enable restaurants to stay in business and serve communities. The Toolkit includes resources and recommendations for both decision makers and business owners, including how to streamline the permitting process, making temporary measures more permanent, impact mitigation, and design guidelines. The Toolkit is available as a Technical Assistance Resource on the RRP Program website for all to use and covers a multitude of goals and conditions.

Project type:

Community revitalization, corridor / main streets, downtown / district plan, placemaking

Project:
Outdoor Dining/Retail Community Toolkit

Client:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Completed:
September 2021

Project Type:
Community revitalization, corridor / main streets, downtown / district plan, placemaking

Project Team:
CivicMoxie (lead)