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Radnor Outdoor Dining: Extending Season, Not Hours

New regulations for outdoor dining across Radnor Township are being created.

Radnor’s Board of Commissioners recently to keep current outdoor dining hours and to require all restaurants with outdoor dining to be more than 100 feet from a residential zoning district.

The working draft of outdoor dining regulations had originally proposed to allow outdoor dining until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

The new version of Radnor Township’s outdoor dining regulations, which include an extension of the outdoor dining season from the end of September to the end of November, is going to be reviewed by the Delaware County and Radnor Township planning commissions.

Outdoor dining is currently prohibited in some zoning districts and not at all regulated in others. The regulations would permit outdoor dining as an accessory use in all of the zoning districts that allow restaurants. Regulations will not apply to those restaurants that currently have legal outdoor dining. No more than 50 seats outside would be allowed under the regulations.

At the Oct. 22 meeting, commissioners John Fisher, Don Curley and John Nagle voted for the 10 p.m. closing time and 100-foot rule (the original version allowed restaurants 12 seats even if they were less than 100 feet from a residential district).

"We want the positive impact of outdoor dining, but we don’t want the negative,” Fisher said.

What do you think about outdoor dining? How much should the distance from tables to houses matter?

Watch the discussion of outdoor dining in the video section of this article, starting at the 28-minute mark.

I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out October 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Way too much regulation. It's beyond ridiculous, we have much larger issues that our elected representatives need to focus all of their time on...all of it. This Township is under-water financially (over $70 million of unfunded liabilities) and several portions of the Township are literally under-water when it storms because our elected representatives failed to regulate and/or enforce regulations to protects us from flooding. Does over-regulating outdoor dining really make it into the top 25 issues facing this Township? NOPE.
Renov8 October 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I agree. The board of Commish need to focus on the big picture. There are more regulations telling us what we can't do than defies logic. Government at its best......overbearing!
Catherine October 25, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Isn't a lot of it due to residents who keep harping about traffic patterns on their streets, peeps of noise they might hear or a building they could get a glimpse of, even though they knew what they were getting when they bought their houses? They are ones who make these issues drag on and on. They won't stop haranguing their commissioners or monopolizing meetings, claiming it's for the good of the community.
Tony Ercole October 25, 2012 at 01:25 PM
O.M.G.!!! Radnor is becoming Washington, D.C.! Is this really worthy "news"? Don't our officials have anything more important to do? Wi my family and I fall under these restrictions when we have a bar b que in my back yard? Will I have to fear my neighbors from calling the food police? ENOUGH!!
Greg Hudson October 26, 2012 at 03:25 AM
This government feels they have way too much power. Less is more. Are there any true libertarians on the ballot for commissioners? Because they would need our support.

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