Carmel-by-the-Sea Survey on Sidewalk Seating/Dining in the Public Right of Way

About this survey...

We are looking for feedback from the public about the possibility of an outdoor seating/dining program after the temporary parklets have been removed. For this survey, “sidewalk seating/dining” is a general term used for some kind of future permanent outdoor seating program along the sidewalk.

Some questions in this survey reference specific sidewalk seating types (see diagrams below). These include:

“Attached Seating” and “Detached Seating”:
- Permanently constructed areas outside of a business (railings, etc.)
- Would require the sidewalk to be bumped out into an existing parking space to
accommodate the addition.

“Bistro Table Seating”:
- Tables and chairs placed in the sidewalk area without permanent construction
required
- No loss of a parking space.
- ADA compliant path of travel would need to be maintained along the sidewalk
- Option may not be available in some areas of the city based on existing sidewalk
widths.


Thank you very much for taking the time to participate in this survey, your thoughts are greatly appreciated!


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QUESTION 1
Which category (SELECT ONE) best describes you? (Please note the 'resident' and 'non-resident' options) *
QUESTION 2
On a scale of 1-5, how consistent do you feel each of the following sidewalk seating/dining types would be with the character of Carmel-by-the-Sea if allowed in the future?
Type 1 - Attached Seating (diagram below) *
Not at all consistent
Fully consistent
Attached Seating Example
Type 2 - Detached Seating (diagram below) *
Not at all consistent
Fully Consistent
Detached Seating Example
Type 3 - Bistro Table Seating (diagram below) *
Not at all consistent
Fully Consistent
Bistro Seating Example
Question 3
If sidewalk seating/dining is allowed in the future, should there be a standard closure time for all? For example, if a restaurant’s Use Permit allows for an 11:00pm closure time indoors, should that restaurant have to close the outdoor seating area one hour earlier than the indoor dining room if there is a 10:00pm uniform closure? *
Question 4
If sidewalk seating/dining is allowed in the future, should the City charge some form of annual fee for those who receive a permit?
Clear selection
Question 5
If sidewalk seating/dining is allowed in the future, should a business be limited to the area directly in front of their establishment (I.e.: store frontage only)? *
Question 6
If sidewalk seating/dining is allowed in the future, should “specialty restaurants” (eg: coffee shop, bakery, ice cream shop, juice bar, etc.) be allowed to apply for a permit? *
Question 7
If sidewalk seating/dining is allowed in the future, should wine tasting rooms be allowed to apply for a permit? *
Question 8
If sidewalk seating/dining is allowed in the future, should businesses with existing private outdoor space be allowed to apply for a sidewalk seating/dining permit? (Note: Currently there are approximately 32 restaurants that have private outdoor seating, with capacities ranging from 4 to 70 seats) *
Question 9
On a scale of 1-5, how concerned are you about the loss of parking in the downtown area if a permanent sidewalk seating/dining program was approved in the future? *
Not concerned at all
Very concerned
Question 10
If sidewalk seating/dining is allowed in the future, how do you think the program would impact EACH of the following areas in the city, with (-5) being most negatively, and (+5) being most positively? (Note that you may have to scroll right to see all scoring options) *
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Design/aesthetics of the city
Parking
Public safety
Pedestrian traffic flow
Vehicular traffic flow
Noise/nuisance in the downtown area
Appeal to visitors/marketability
Desire for people to dine out at a restaurant
Retail shopping experience
Restaurant dining experience
Wine tasting room experience
Residential living experience
Equity of economic development downtown
Question 11
Please share any other thoughts you have regarding a possible future sidewalk seating/dining program in the public right of way.
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