Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

Worthington City Council approved legislation at its June 5, 2017 meeting to establish a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in downtown Worthington. The legislation was approved after an amendment removed the Worthington Farmers Market as an eligible event.
Resolution 30-2017 with Exhibits - Approved 6-5-2017
Application to City Council

As of April 30, 2017, Ohio law allows municipalities under 35,000 in population to create a DORA. As required by state law, the application was submitted by City Manager Matt Greeson, at the request of the Old Worthington Partnership (Partnership.) The Partnership is a volunteer organization led by a Board of Directors which supports downtown businesses and enhances the Old Worthington experience. The Partnership states that the creation of a DORA would help maintain the experiential nature of our historic downtown by enhancing outdoor dining and special events.

City Council discussed the proposal at its April 3, 2017 meeting and made some boundary adjustments. The application was submitted on April 10th and a public hearing was held May 15th. The state requires a two week period for public notification and input prior to approval.

As approved, the DORA includes the High Street corridor between South Village Green Drive and South Street and east/west boundaries along New England Avenue from 26 E. New England to 41 W. New England. Within that boundary, restaurant patrons are legally permitted to have an alcoholic beverage that they purchase within the right-of-way areas of each liquor-permit-holding establishment. Patrons with an alcoholic beverage would be required to stay within an establishment’s predetermined boundary, and may only do so during the posted hours of operation. For permitted special events hosted by the Partnership, individuals will be allowed to walk within the DORA boundaries with an alcoholic beverage purchased from a liquor permit holding establishment.

Plans for signage, sanitation, public safety and law enforcement are included in Resolution 30-2017. See all related documents below.
Outdoor Dining

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