Courtenay microbrewery hopes to add outdoor patio

Courtenay microbrewery hopes to add outdoor patio

The City of Courtenay will post notice on its website for public input on Ace Brewing’s proposal to add an outdoor patio to its microbrewery at 150 Mansfield Dr. The seating capacity would be 68 people. The patio would be licensed to operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily — same hours as inside the pub.

The proposed patio is on the western side of the building, facing other commercial properties. There are residences to the north across Mansfield, about 50 metres away and separated by landscaping.

Ace Brewing’s initial application, which council approved for a lounge endorsement, garnered seven public comments. One was in favour of the pub and six were opposed. The naysayers cited potential competition for a nearby pub, as well as noise and traffic concerns. Staff, however, found none of these issues to be problematic.

At the April 6 meeting, Coun. Doug Hillian suggested it would be wise to provide a mailout to ensure nearby residents have an opportunity to weigh in on the proposal.

Resolution approvals

Considering the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, council approved an extended payment deadline of Sept. 30 for solid waste and sewer fees, and first quarter metered water utility billing.

Council also agreed to waive parking rental fees for downtown merchants from March-Aug. 31.

Secondary suite

•Council approved second reading of a zoning amendment for a secondary suite at 1028 Arrowsmith Ave. A public hearing will be held once regular meetings resume.