After a public hearing raised questions about a request for a code amendment in Waterfront Millville that would allow multiple types of restaurants, the Gig Harbor City Council took a step back Monday to go line-by-line through the request. There is also the potential for a new boundary.
At the Monday night meeting that combined both the council and the planning commission, Council member Paul Kadzik proposed a new area for the request. Currently, as proposed, the code amendment would cover Pleasurecraft Marina to Suzanne’s Bakery and Deli along Harborview Drive.
Kadzik, a Millville resident since 1983, proposes a boundary alternative that would run from Pleasurecraft Marina to the north property line of the Bayview building, which houses the current Ship To Shore. It would eliminate Suzanne’s and the parking lot area of Arabella’s Landing that will in the future house a new complex for Ship to Shore.
“My big issue is the line ... I just don’t think the city should act on what’s convenient for the city,” Kadzik said. “If we want to get it right then we should get it right.”
The potential for a new boundary came up late in the meeting and staff has not had time to prepare or check into its feasibility. Discussion of Kadzik’s proposal will continue at the March 23 council meeting.
The council and commission mainly discussed cooking appliance restrictions, bar area, hours of operation, delivery times and possible separation between uses. The ordinance will return to council for another first reading as well as another public hearing. Council directed staff to write an updated ordinance that includes a performance standard for cooking appliances, a limitation on bar area and a change to hours of operation.
The hours of operation will now be proposed as 6 a.m. to a 9:30 p.m. last seating. A 6 a.m. opening with a hard closing of 11 p.m. is the original proposal. Council felt that setting a hard closing would create a situation that would force a group out of the restaurant at once, rather than allow customers to filter out.
“The city says you’ve got to go, and here’s your coat. That’s a disaster waiting to happen,” council member Michael Perrow said.
There will also be a limitation on bar area, likely a 60-40 split that dictates bar area cannot account for more than 40 percent of the overall square footage.
The issue of the inclusion of deep-fat fryers has ruffled the feathers of Millville residents, so the council will have a performance standard that requires state-of-the-art equipment. Some council members were unsure how the city will enforce smells emanating from restaurants.
“My concern is the performance. You can put in state of the art, but after the fact, state of the art doesn’t cut it or they start cooking something else,” Perrow said.
Delivery times were discussed, but there will not be language limiting the drop-offs in the ordinance. The ordinance also will not include a separation between uses that was proposed.
The council sought the insight of the planning commission, which first heard the proposal in late 2014. Mayor Jill Guernsey thanked the commission for wrestling with the issue for months.
“It sounds like now it’s time for the council to wrestle with this issue,” she said.