In 2017, the city revised the section of the City Code that governs temporary and special events to better address larger events and races. As part of these revisions, the city switched from listing “criteria for approval” to stating “grounds for denial”. The goal of this shift was to provide stronger legal justification for denying permits that the city believed could negatively impact adjacent parcels or overtax municipal infrastructure and resources. Most of the previously listed criteria for approval where rephrased and incorporated into the grounds for denial; however, the requirement that only merchandise normally sold or stocked by the occupants could be sold or promoted was overlooked.
Due to this omission, properties with commercial zoning could theoretically apply for a temporary outdoor event permit to allow a business to set up a pop-up shop in its parking lot. Since the goal of the ordinance is to allow for Chanhassen’s businesses and organizations to promote themselves and host community events, rather than accommodating transient merchants, staff feels this is contrary to the intent of the ordinance. Staff proposes adding the omitted provision limiting merchandise sales to the section of the Code regulating temporary and special events.
The following section of the Chanhassen City Code is subject to changes:
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