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Mayor: Public hearing on outdoor dining canceled, proposal will be revised by the board

Village by: Chrissy Ruggeri, November 4, 2022

A public hearing on a proposed law change that would have affected restaurants including Robke’s in Northport has been canceled.

Northport Village Mayor Donna Koch has canceled the public hearing on a proposed law change regarding outdoor dining.

The proposed law amendment included two added subsections to the outdoor dining policy: one stating that outdoor dining in the Highway Business District (25A) will only be permitted during the period of May 15 to October 15 of each year, and that seating must be adjacent to the restaurant and is prohibited in areas designated for parking in all business districts (including Main Street and Woodbine Avenue), and the second prohibiting the installation of yurts for outdoor dining.

At the Northport Village Board of Trustees meeting on November 1, Mayor Koch announced that the public hearing scheduled for December 6 would be pulled. “I feel that the code, the amendment change, does need some more whittling down or looking into, and we are going to work on revising it,” Mayor Koch said.

When the resolution to schedule the hearing was passed at the October 18 board meeting, both Trustee Meghan Dolan and Trustee Dave Weber voiced their disapproval for the law change, as written in the proposal. The specific purpose of the change and whether or not it impacted solely one business came into question.

There is currently no reschedule date for a hearing regarding the Village outdoor dining policy.