A pilot project to allow amplified music and dancing on patios at bars in downtown London has been approved by a city committee.
Full Council will vote on the issue next Tuesday, July 26th.
If it’s approved, the pilot project will run during August and September. Staff will then study on it’s impact and report back to Council.
There are over 30 bar patios in the downtown, 11 are along Richmond Row with 21 more spread throughout the core.
The project did receive some push back from about two dozen downtown residents who came out at a public participation meeting to argue against the project, saying it was too loud.
The move is a pilot project designed specifically for Country Music Week.
The bylaw will cover only the downtown and Old East Village.
Since 1993, London has had a bylaw on the books that banned live or recorded music on patios with a few exemptions for businesses that were established before 1993.