We have included our follow up question, and the reply as well.
We are contacting you with a question regarding Saracoa’s patio music, which we understand has recently restarted.
1. Given that the city by-law prohibits live or amplified music for all restaurant/bar establishments that have patios, what measures is the city taking to ensure that either all restaurant/bar establishments that have patios are also afforded the same clearance and are allowed to have live or amplified music on patios or, or that alternatively, Saracoa be required to abide by the same by-laws that are in place for others.
2. Does the city recognize that unequal enforcement of this by-law may advantage or disadvantage some establishments over others and is the city not exposed if it allows such an imbalance to exist?
Yesterday at Planning Committee council approved a recommendation that Planning Division staff be directed to hold a statutory Public Meeting in October 2016 for the purposes of hearing public submissions on potential changes to the Zoning By-law, identified in Appendix “A” to Report PED16155, respecting live and recorded music and dance facilities on outdoor commercial patios.
The meeting will provide the public with the zoning options, and it is our intent to receive public feedback and provide advice on an option going forward. The City will also be considering best practices in other municipalities to understand how noise from patios is addressed in those municipalities with waterfronts.
A further report on the results of the public consultation will be brought forward to council later this year.
The part of the question that's asks about exposure does not appear to be answered. Is the city not worried that other establishments can argue that their business has been disadvantaged due to different allowances made to Saracoa?