Noise, safety focus of updated cafe ordinance

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – City officials sought to find balance between support for downtown businesses and residents’ noise and trash concerns with the first reading of its revised outdoor cafe ordinance.

Article XXII Special Land Uses, Outdoor Cafés can be viewed on the city website, with the changes highlighted in a contrasting color.

For the revised ordinance, go to the Oct. 3 City Council agenda packet, page 42. The link is:

Hours of operation reflect more consistency, with most outdoor cafes closing at midnight, to limit residential noise exposure, with 2 a.m. extended hours allowed for 3rd Friday events, the Art Fair in mid-July and events approved by council resolution.

Fences abutting public right-of-way must be made of black metal, and all outdoor café furniture must be approved by the Planning Commission.

Concerns about keeping patrons away from street traffic and keeping minors away from outdoor alcohol consumption were factors considered with fencing regulation guidelines.

Outdoor cafés will be subject to annual approval by the Planning Commission, but a public hearing will only be required if a written complaint is received by the commission in the previous year.

Outdoor display of merchandise for sale in a cafe is prohibited.

Outdoor cafe special land use may be revoked if patron conduct in the nearby neighborhood disturbs the peace, litter becomes a problem, and entertainment with or without a permit disturbs nearby neighbors.

The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the Oct. 10 City Council meeting. Start time is 7 p.m.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at