Restaurant owners in San Francisco will no longer have to worry about city controls dictating the number of chairs they put out or if they can toast a bagel or serve ice cream in a cup or cone.
Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation streamlining land-use controls for eating and drinking businesses was widely praised and approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors in an 11-0 vote.
It reduces the 13 definitions for eating and drinking establishments to three: restaurants that serve alcohol, restaurants that don’t serve alcohol and bars.
Wiener said the change “rationalizes, simplifies and streamlines San Francisco’s Byzantine and convoluted eating and drinking controls” and creates a more flexible environment to allow for innovative businesses and existing ones to “adapt and innovate over time.”
It eliminates micromanaging controls like if they can use a toaster oven, but it does retain the “carefully tailored controls for The City’s different neighborhood commercial districts.”
IN OTHER ACTION
- Supervisor Mark Farrell requested a hearing on city-owned real estate following a Harvey Rose budget analyst report that showed there is no centralized oversight and control of its properties. Of the 597 inventoried, at least 27 properties should be considered for sale or lease or put to some city purpose.
- n Supervisor Carmen Chu’s legislation providing a one-month fee waiver in May for small businesses to make improvements such as awning replacements and lighting was approved in an 11-0 vote. The fees are hefty such as $326 to replace an awning sign.
- n Christina Olague introduced legislation that will allow for gas stations on 19th Avenue to add a car wash, which would be limited to stations on lots of at least 12,000 square feet, require noise and traffic studies as well as the use of recycled water. It is co-sponsored by Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu.
- n A resolution urging Muni to change its stroller policy was approved. Current policy lets operators decide if strollers, which must stay folded, can be brought on board.