City considers new classifications for restaurants

By Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

In an effort to make it easier for businesses to locate in New Prague, city staff has been going through zoning ordinances over the last few months, proposing updates.

The proposals have been presented to the New Prague Planning and Zoning Commission for their input.

Among the updates suggested by city staff is that there be three classifications of restaurants. Class one would be fast food restaurants, class two be for sit down restaurants and class three would be sit down restaurants that serve alcohol or have entertainment. Also added to the list is drinking establishments, businesses that receive the majority of their gross sales from the sale of alcohol consumed on site.

New Prague City Planner Renee Christianson explained the three classifications of restaurants be considered permitted uses in the B1, B2 and B3 (business) districts. Drinking establishments would be classified as permitted uses in B1 and be conditional uses in B2 and B3 districts.

Also suggested are setbacks for class three restaurants and drinking establishments from residentially zoned properties. The businesses would not be located adjacent to residential areas, but if they were within 100 feet of residents the business hours will be limited from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Christianson noted current businesses will be grandfathered in.

Under the new classifications, New Prague businesses under class one would be Coffee Corner, Chameleon's Cafe, Dairy Queen, Domino's Pizza, Jimmy's Pizza, McDonalds, Patty's Place, Subway and Pizza Ranch, although it could be considered class two. Under class two would be Lau's Czech Bakery. Class three would be China Royal, Classic Grille & Bar, El Tequila Family Mexican Restaurant, Fishtale Grill & Bar and Schumacher's Hotel & Grill 212. Flipside Pub & Grill would be a drinking establishment, although it could be classified as class three. Drinking establishments would be City Club, Corner Bar, Miller's Tap, Pioneer Saloon and Simon's Sportsman Bar.

At the November meeting of the planning commission, Chair Grant Gengel questioned having the setback for class three restaurants.

Christianson said city staff could remove that and just have it apply to drinking establishments.

New Prague City Council representative Kay Wilcox thought it was a good idea to have the setbacks for both businesses.

City staff will be continuing work on the ordinance updates, which will be presented to the planning commission at future meetings.

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