Pop Up Patio Pilot Program

Pop Up Patio – Piloting Outdoor Restaurant and Retail Operations in Fremont
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In light of recently released revised guidelines from the Alameda County Public Health Department for the re-opening of local business activities beginning June 19, the City of Fremont will launch a pilot program – Pop Up Patio. This program will allow brick and mortar restaurants and retailers, when permitted by the County, to use outdoor space to conduct business by granting temporary access to adjacent public or private space. Allowing businesses to create outdoor dining areas will provide them with additional capacity to serve customers, and in such a way assist with economic recovery. 

A core team of staff from Community Development, Community Services, Economic Development, Public Works, Police, and Fire Departments is spearheading this effort, under the direction and leadership of the City Manager’s Office.

Pop-Up Patio will allow the City to test out and feature proof of concepts for viable parklet options in Fremont’s business districts and commercial corridors on a short-term basis. With this pilot, the City aims to achieve the following:

  1. The current public health crisis significantly restricts brick and mortar businesses to conduct indoor operations, limiting revenue generation and thereby causing economic hardship for many small businesses. This pilot will provide assisted economic relief for businesses by developing a process that allows for restaurants and retail businesses to move dining and commercial activities outdoors.
  2. Allow staff and participating businesses to test and evaluate how to formulate standards and propose zoning amendments for a program that can be scaled city-wide.

The longer-term goal is to allow outdoor dining and public spaces on a permanent basis. Interested businesses will be able to obtain a permit through a streamlined process as soon as the County Order allows for outdoor dining. The pilot will evaluate the use of outdoor space for three different scenarios: on the public sidewalk; within public on-street parking spaces; and within private off-street parking lots. Pop Up Patio will be phased as indicated below:

  • Phase 1 – Allow temporary outdoor dining areas to operate through approximately October 31, 2020. During that time, the pilot program will be evaluated and any adjustments deemed necessary to improve the program for businesses and public health and safety will be implemented.
  • Phase 2 - Propose formal, codified standards in the zoning ordinance that allow restaurants and other businesses to create semi-permanent outdoor dining areas. The experience and knowledge gained from the Phase One temporary program will help inform the standards to be developed in Phase Two.

In order to implement immediate relief for our local businesses, the City is currently accepting, reviewing, and processing Pop Up Patio permits despite the County Health Order restricting in-person dining and retail activities. Permits that are approved will be held in a ready-to-issue status until the County Health Order changes to allow outdoor dining and retail starting June 19, at which point in time applicants will be immediately issued a permit allowing them to build and use their Pop Up Patio.

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