While the pandemic appears to be winding down (knock on wood), the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to extend the pandemic-era Shared Spaces program through March 31, 2023. The legislation will extend the program and existing valid permits for shared spaces sidewalk dining and merchandising, parklets, open streets events, and private lots; issue permit decisions within 30 days of application; delay effective date of many design and operating rules (and fines and fees) to April 1, 2023; and require that design and operating rules for ADA, emergency response, pedestrian safety, and neglect are addressed now, before the program’s end.
“The pandemic has turned small businesses inside out, literally,” said District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who sponsored the legislation. “We’ve gone from throwing barricades in the street to crafting a balanced program that will allow Shared Spaces to thrive, and it could not have been done without the patience and collaboration of senior and disability advocates and the small business community.”
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