Polk Street moratorium legislation is heard at committee at 1:30 on Monday April 1, 2013 at the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. City Hall, Board Chamber, on the second floor. After months of hearings, meetings, community feed-back and re-writes Supervisor David Chiu's proposed legislation will be heard and the public can speak. To read the latest draft version click here.
CMAC and merchants on the street have been meeting and as of last week offered amendments that have been put in the draft legislation that will be heard at committee. At the latest meeting, merchants, neighbors and CMAC met with the Supervisor and his Legislative Aide, Amy Chan, where important changes were discussed and proposed. They include:
- Removal of the 12 AM restriction that was originally included on restaurants, but specify that these restaurants should be "bona fide eating places"
- Remove the proposed requirement that entertainment uses would require a Conditional Use Authorization approval before applying for the Place of Entertainment permit from the Entertainment Commission.
- Add a five year sunset to the legislation so that in five years the legislation will expire unless specifically re-authorized by a vote at the Board of Supervisors
- Extend the proposed temporary closure time limit from 180 days to 1 year and continue the exceptions for owner to owner transfer, renovation/repair permits already active in the system
These proposed modifications are huge and represent a the value of having an industry advocate like the California Music and Culture Association out fighting for fair and just treatment of those of us who operate in the "other 9 to 5" economy.
The Supervisor has also agreed to start drafting good neighbor policies to supplement the legislation which would make all businesses operate to the same neighborly practices that entertainment venues already abide by. This is a new policy that CMAC has been advocating for on Polk Street. CMAC feels that if entertainment venues must live up to a high standard of good neighbor policies then so should everyone who is open into after midnight.