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Freestanding Book Exchange Proposed Ordinance Amendments
On May 16, 2017, an initiating resolution was approved by City Council for the Planning Commission to consider and make recommendation for a proposed amendment to Section 14-1000 of the Chesapeake Zoning Ordinance for freestanding book exchanges, also known as "Little Free Libraries." The proposed amendment, if approved, would provide for the following:
1) A one-foot setback for the freestanding book exchange from the interior of the sidewalk, or if no sidewalk exists, from the edge of pavement of the adjacent street.
2) A right-of-way encroachment permit would be required to allow for the freestanding book exchange in public right-of-way.
3) Supporting posts for a freestanding book exchange will not be permanently installed with concrete.
4) No portion of the structure overhangs the sidewalk or paved street.
5) Freestanding book exchanges on municipal property placed by other than a public entity shall require a license agreement with the City.
Please see the City Council initiating resolution and examples of freestanding book exchanges for more information. The Freestanding Book Exchange was heard by Planning Commission on September 13, 2017 and will be heard by City Council on October 17, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact Senior Planner Alexis Baker by phone at 757-382-6176 or by email at email@example.com.