By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published October 7, 2020
FARMINGTON — If you’ve enjoyed dining outside at one of Farmington’s many restaurant pop-up patios, then you’re in luck. Farmington City Council members unanimously voted to extend the relaxed zoning requirements that originally allowed those patios to be erected.
Council members originally approved easing certain zoning restrictions within the city to allow the Downtown Development Authority to work with restaurants and retailers to establish extended outdoor seating and sidewalk sales June 1.
Under the new extension, extended outdoor dining and sidewalk sales will be permissible until April 2021.
“I think we need to give our businesses, specifically this restaurant industry, every fighting chance we can,” DDA Director Kate Knight said, adding that with various patron comfort levels, the city needs to help businesses provide different dining options.