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File #: O-545-21    Version: Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 10/27/2021 In control: Regional Growth, Development, & Small Business Enterprise Committee
On agenda: 11/9/2021 Final action: 12/21/2021
Title: Amending Chapter 721 entitled "Neighborhood Plans" by adopting a new Chapter 721 entitled "Convenience Stores Licensing Requirements" thereby requiring all convenience store operators to acquire a license to operate.
Sponsors: John Hobbs, III, Theresa Gadus, Vanice Williams, Rob Ludeman
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Amended at Dec. 21, 2021 City Council Meeting

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Amending Chapter 721 entitled "Neighborhood Plans" by adopting a new Chapter 721 entitled "Convenience Stores Licensing Requirements" thereby requiring all convenience store operators to acquire a license to operate.

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SUMMARY & BACKGROUND:
Since 1992 a Special Use Permit was required through the Toledo City Plan Commission, under the provisions of the Zoning Code, to regulate the locations where convenience stores are allowed to operate. Toledo City Council has been faced with complaints about the operation of convenience stores, many of which are not subject to the SUP requirements because they pre-date the 1992 zoning regulation. The concerns include the manner of operation, the activity, proximity to other properties, behavior by customers, licensees and the public. The provisions of this Chapter which establish licensing requirements for convenience stores will preserve the best interests of all parties in a more neighborhood-oriented, business-friendly environment.

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NOW, THEREFORE, Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Toledo:

SECTION 1. That Toledo Municipal Code Chapter 721 which currently reads as follows:

Chapter 721 Neighborhood Plans
721.01 Neighborhood plans.
(a) In those parts of the City in which a recognized Community Development Corporation ("CDC"), as defined by the current map on file at the City of Toledo Department of Neighborhoods, operates, a convenience store and the applicable CDC may enter into a written Neighborhood Plan. The Neighborhood Plan shall address issues of concern, which may include but not be limited to plans to address issues of crime, safety, loitering, traffic, noise, convenience store operations, items offered for sale at the convenience store, marketing plans to encourage residents to patronize the store, and any other areas the convenience store and the CDC deem appropriate. Either party may withdraw from the Neighborhood Pla...

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