Have your say on outdoor trading policy

The documents give clear guidelines on outdoor dining and street vending

Business owners are being invited to give their feedback on Central Coast Council’s proposed Outdoor Trading Specification for outside dining and street vending.

The Draft Central Coast Local Approvals Policy and Draft Central Coast Outdoor Trading Specification went on public exhibition late last year, with feedback invited until February 22.

In addition to online submissions via yourvoiceourcoast.com, Council is running information sessions this month.

In-person sessions will be held on: Thursday, February 8, from 3.30pm-5.30pm at the Council Administration Building, 2 Hely St, Wyong; and Friday, February 9, from 2.30pm-4.30pm at Terrigal Surf Club.

An online session will be held on Monday, February 12, from 12.30pm-2pm; register at www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/OTS

Council Director Environment and Planning Alice Howe said the Central Coast was home to a diverse business community which is encouraged to use public places and road reserves for outdoor dining and street vending to stimulate business growth, create vibrant outdoor atmospheres and improve street vitality.

“The Central Coast Outdoor Trading Specification will help to support these objectives and ensure equitable and safe movement for a broad range of people,” she said.

“The Specification sets out requirements for businesses that are seeking approvals from Council for outdoor dining and street vending, and for the installation of associated temporary and fixed structures whilst helping to regulate this function.

“Council proposes to approve outdoor trading and street vending under a Local Approvals Policy, which is also on exhibition for community feedback.

“The Central Coast Local Approvals Policy will provide guidance to people requiring an approval for an activity under Section 68 of the Local Government Act, sets out the criteria that Council must consider in determining an application for an approval, and specifies circumstances where activities are exempt from requiring Council approval prior to the activity being carried out.

“The Policy addresses activities such as mobile food vehicles on Council land and road reserves, street vending, activities on community and Council land (e.g. stalls, markets, busking and street theatre, events, use of loudspeakers), placement of waste and clothing bins and transportation of waste, water supply, sewerage and stormwater drainage work, installation of manufactured homes, moveable dwellings and caravans and operation of caravan parks, camping grounds and manufactured home estates.”

Council Administrator Rik Hart said the Local Approvals Policy and Outdoor Trading Specification would provide clear direction for applicants, reduce the need for a development

“Our proposed Local Approvals Policy provides an efficient, consistent, and streamlined process for activities under Section 68 of the Local Government Act,” he said.

“The Outdoor Trading Specification will supersede two existing policies to create a single document that achieves consistent and high-quality outcomes for outdoor vending and outdoor dining, including their ancillary structures across the Central Coast local government area.

“I encourage Central Coast business owners and operators to take the time to review the documents on public exhibition, provide feedback and participate in the engagement opportunities for the Outdoor Trading Specification.

“This will ensure that Council receives a wide range of feedback and perspectives from local business to consider before the final Central Coast Local Approvals Policy and Outdoor Trading Specification is considered at a future Council meeting.”

For more information and to have your say on the Draft Central Coast Outdoor Trading Specification and Draft Central Coast Local Approvals Policy, go to yourvoiceourcoast.com by February 22.

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