Tents, tarps used by businesses becoming commonplace and controversial
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Town leaders may be looking to curtail the use of tents and tarpaulins by mainly local restaurants as a means to enhance or enlarge seating areas. Town staffers say they have been getting numerous questions and complaints about the use of these temporary enclosures and would like clear policy direction from electeds on just what should be allowed.
Some of the local establishments identified as having outdoor enclosures that include tenting or tarping are The Lift (tent on roof), Thai Me Up (tarpaulin enclosure), Jackson Hole Whitewater (tarpaulin enclosure), Café Genevieve (tarpaulin enclosure), Hotel Jackson (tent of deck facing North Cache), Orsetto (new membrane enclosure), Local (tent behind building), Snake River Brew Pub (upstairs deck tarpaulin enclosure), McPhails (tarpaulin enclosure), Blue Lion (tarpaulin enclosure), D.O.G (tarpaulin enclosure), and Rendezvous River Sports (tarpaulin enclosure).
In particular, planning staff wants to know whether the councilors have any concern about esthetics concerning the structures. They are not something that is included in permit applications and therefore are not reviewed by the design review committee, planning commission, or town council.
The appearance of large, typically white structures, in the town commercial districts has not been contemplated in the town previously, a report from staff states.
Staff has asked elected officials to contemplate today at a workshop whether these structures should be allowed and, if so, for how long? Should framing associated with the structures be removed in the offseason? And should a permit be required to erect such structures?