Lacombe council has set the table for street-side dining.
Council recently approved a seasonal patio in front of Cilantro and Chive, an eatery at 5021 50th St. in the historic downtown.
The patio will take over five parking stalls, which did not sit well with six of the 10 people who responded to a town request for feedback. Those opposed said parking is already in short supply in the area.
“We support on-street patios because they provide a new way for businesses to attract more residents and visitors to Lacombe, especially to our downtown,” said operations and planning director Jordan Thompson.
“However, we know the temporary loss of parking is a concern for some businesses and members of the public, so we will use this opportunity to monitor the patios on 50th Street over the summer, before presenting the final policy to council this fall.”
Mayor Grant Creasey supported the initiative, which proposes patios be allowed from May 1 to Oct. 15.
“This outdoor patio project fits in with council’s strategic goal of working with Lacombe’s downtown businesses to stimulate the development of this historic area,” he said.