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    19.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 06/23/2020  

SUBJECT:
TEMPORARY POLICY CHANGES DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
RECOMMENDATION:
Provide direction on the implementation of multiple temporary policy changes to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents and businesses in Chino Hills.
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
Over the course of several City Council meetings, multiple individual City Council Members have commented that they would like to see the City identify opportunities to temporarily modify existing policies and procedures to mitigate the strain the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on residents and local businesses. City staff is seeking direction from the City Council on their desire to have the City Manager implement the following temporary changes.

To assist residents and local businesses in recovering from the COVID-19 impacts, City staff is proposing to initiate the following practices for 90 days from date of authorization.
  1. Temporary Banners: Waive the permit fee for temporary banners for promotional events.
  2. Special Events:
    1. Waive the permit fees for special events conducted within existing commercial centers and related to retail business promotion.
    2. Provide a 14 day expedited special event permit review process for events conducted within existing commercial centers and related to retail business promotion.
    3. Waive the permit fee for temporary banners for special events permitted within existing commercial centers and related to retail business promotion.
  3. Outdoor Dining Patios:  
    1. Create a temporary outdoor dining patio permit that would allow for certain deviations from Municipal Code Section 16.09.100 Commercial Outdoor Patio Guidelines, subject to the following:
      1. The temporary patio is located, designed and operated in such manner as to not interfere with ADA access, pedestrian circulation, vehicular circulation, emergency access, ABC licensing requirements, Building Code occupancy requirements, County Public Health Code requirements including requirements related to COVID-19 safe practices.
      2. The temporary patio is located adjacent to the restaurant.
      3. Temporary outdoor dining permits will expire on the 90th day from the date that these temporary practices are authorized.
    2. Waive the permit fee for all outdoor dining patio applications. 
    3. Provide a 5 day expedited permit review process for all outdoor dining patio applications.
  4. Waive the permit fee for Yard Sale permit applications.
     
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
This proposed action is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq., "CEQA") and CEQA Guidelines (Title 14 California Code of Regulations §§ 15000, et seq.), because it does not involve any commitment to a specific project which could result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment; and, constitutes an organizational or administrative activity that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment. Accordingly, this action does not constitute a "project" that requires environmental review (see specifically 14 CCR § 15378(b)(4-5)).
FISCAL IMPACT:
The financial impact of waiving these fees is unclear at this time but City staff anticipates it to be immaterial to the General Fund. 

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