CLARK, NJ – The Clark Town Council passed a resolution during their last meeting to allow town businesses to use areas outside their store for dining and sales to help, “get small businesses working,”  according to Clark’s Business Administrator, John Laezza.

Currently, town ordinances ban outside spaces from being used for these purposes.  “June 15th the Governor will be allowing outside dining and outside use of stores. We believe this is a temporary resolution taking off the ban on our ordinance while this COVID-19 Pandemic continues,” said Laezza.

At the beginning of June, Gov. Phil Murphy issued protocols allowing outdoor dining/seating at restaurants in New Jersey. The executive order also permits the limited re-opening of some non-essential retail businesses as part of the state’s Phase Two reopening.

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Clark businesses need to file an pdfapplicationpdf with Laezza’s office if they wish to use outdoor space.   He said the application will be reviewed by the Health Department, Town Engineer, Fire and Police Departments.  

Laezza said those departments will have five days to determine if the applicant has met all the terms needed to gain approval.

The official resolution reads:

Authorizing a Temporary Use Permit to allow temporary activities for a limited period of time, which uses may be otherwise prohibited by the provisions of current Zoning regulations to help sustain our local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis

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