The City of Sarnia released a report advising the next steps regarding immediate opportunities to increase flexibility for existing business owners by advancing temporary amendments to the city’s zoning and refreshment vehicles section of the Business Licensing By-law for a two-year period.

The recommendation includes:

  • Allowing existing restaurant business owners to offer outdoor food sales opportunities on their property or on the city right-of-way within close proximity to their restaurant for a two-year pilot period.
  • Permit a temporary exemption to required parking and landscape standards for commercially zoned property in order to allow business owners to expand their presence on-site to drive sales opportunities in a safe and socially distanced manner, for a two-year pilot period.
  • Direct staff to waive fees associated with the use of on-street parking spaces for food service opportunities for interested food service vendors looking to expand their sales opportunities within close proximity of their existing establishment.

The amendments proposed will provide maximum flexibility for business owners and allow the creation of outdoor shopping and dining spaces by property owners.