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Post-Pandemic Planning: Using the Public R.O.W. for Outside Dining

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
12 PM - 1 PM
Cost: $35 (Scholarships Available - See Below)
Credits: CM, CML



Registration closes on Tuesday, May 24 at 5 PM.
This webinar will also be recorded and all registrants will receive a link to view this recording.

Webinar Overview

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, several communities quickly modified their development standards to allow portions of the public right-of-way (R.O.W.) to be used for outdoor dining and display of commercial goods. Those innovative areas are commonly referred to as either “parklets” or “streateries.”

The intent behind this flexible approach was to provide temporary relief to restaurants and retail shops that were facing a dramatic loss of business, due to COVID-related indoor occupancy limitations, which proved to be popular with the general public. But now that the pandemic appears to be winding down, will these parklets and streateries be allowed to continue operating in the public R.O.W.?

Educational Objectives

In this webinar, you will learn the following:

  • How local governments pivoted to using the public R.O.W. for outside dining during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Important details about how to best establish and manage outdoor dining programs.
  • Identification of other outdoor dining options like food carts and food trucks.
  • Issues to consider when deciding whether or not to allow these programs to continue, as the pandemic winds down.

Who Should Attend?

Community planners, economic development staff and management staff, elected officials, private consultants, local business owners, and the general public.


  • Steve Butler, FAICP, Planning & Policy Manager, MRSC. Steve has been involved in most aspects of community planning for over 30 years, both in the public and private sectors. At MRSC, he focuses primarily on the topics of planning, zoning, affordable housing, and homelessness. Steve has served as president of statewide planning associations in both Washington and Maine. Steve received a MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY).
  • Darby Galligan, AICP, Senior Planner, City of Bellingham. Darby is a senior planner in the City of Bellingham’s community development division. She has 19+ years of planning experience, from short-term permitting and environmental planning to comprehensive and strategic planning. Her current assignment is special projects, with an emphasis on urban village planning and implementation, including redevelopment incentives, placemaking, and economic development. Darby is a graduate of Western Washington University and a board member of the Washington State chapter of the American Planning Association.
  • Stephen Neuenschwander, Planning Manager, City of Wenatchee. Stephen is the Planning Manager for the City of Wenatchee’s Community Development Department. Since joining the City in 2017, the department has completed updates of critical areas regulations, a comprehensive review and update of housing codes and standards, a comprehensive sign code update, and a Shoreline Master Program update. The City of Wenatchee is working towards implementing new standards for streateries and parklets. Stephen has over 19 years of current and long-range professional planning experience and is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Geography with a planning emphasis as well as Eastern Washington University with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.


This training is eligible for:

Training Scholarships

  • The Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) will provide one (1) training scholarship per member-county for this webinar. Those wishing to take advantage of the offer are asked to contact your county risk manager to request the registration code before you register. To learn if you are a WCRP member or if you have questions about scholarship opportunities, please contact
  • Read about other scholarship opportunities.

Payment Policy: Payment for this webinar is completed online by credit card only. If you need to be billed, there will be a $5.00 administrative fee added to your registration fee. Please contact if you need to request an invoice for this webinar.

Refund Policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided in full if registration is canceled before Tuesday, May 24 at 11:59 PM. After that, refunds will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee up until the start of the webinar. Please contact if you need to request a refund on the morning of the webinar.

If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.