Parklets will continue to be a part of downtown Carpinteria. 

The City Council voted this week to extend the Temporary COVID-19 Outdoor Business Program through June 2023, which includes the downtown parklets and outdoor dining areas for local businesses. 

Previously the ordinance was set to end Dec. 31, 2022.

The City Council first approved the outdoor business program May 26, 2020, which allowed businesses to operate in outdoor spaces in the city’s right-of-way and privately-owned outdoor spaces.

Without the continuation of the parklets, “there is an increased risk of a substantial impact to local businesses, causing further disruption by delaying local economic recovery, and imperiling the lives or property of inhabitants of the city,” according to a staff report. 

The City Council also waived the fees of the Outdoor Business Permit Program.

Members of the Carpinteria Architectural Review Board drafted a proposal in July establishing a permit process for semi-permanent parklets to be added in front of restaurants. 

Extending the temporary program gives the city more time to finalize the long term parklet permitting program plan, according to city staff.  

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the semi-permanent parklet permitting program in January, and if the program is approved, business owners will have time to apply for the permits before the temporary permits expire, according to a staff report.  

Noozhawk staff writer Grace Kitayama can be reached at gkitayama@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.