Here’s an interesting story about Coun. Layton’s efforts to make the patio licensing process in the neighbourhood more user friendly. (Also notice the sidebar that mentions the TBCA.) Some excerpts:
Trinity-Spadina Councillor Mike Layton has launched a working group to look at how patios are licensed in his downtown ward… Moratoriums on Ossington Avenue and on College Street both lead to area-specific bylaws prohibiting backyard patios. That means if an establishment doesn’t already have a patio then they have little to no chance of getting one, Layton said.
… For the working group, Layton pulled together representatives from local Business Improvement Areas, interested building owners, people who run patios that work with the neighbourhood, and residents associations from across the ward. “I brought people in the room who don’t normally get along,” Layton said. “And then we brought in city staff from licensing and from Planning and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).” … Layton said the next meeting will be held in the new year.