Apr 252019

Please join City staff and Salem Main Streets for a discussion of draft regulations for the outdoor display or sale of merchandise downtown, especially with regards to the Pedestrian Mall.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m. at the first floor meeting room, City Hall Annex, 98 Washington Street.

Draft regulations can currently be found online at

Those unable to attend the meeting may submit their comments in writing to Kathryn Newhall-Smith at

Purpose: The purpose of these regulations is:

  1. To control for the sale and display of merchandise outside, but in close proximity, to a business with a traditional storefront within the downtown;
  2. To optimize the growth and income of retail businesses by allowing and encouraging the use of portions of the public right-of-way through an equitable review and permitting process;
  3. To enhance the visual appeal of the right-of-way through thoughtful consideration of materials, placement, and overall appearance of the outdoor vending facility;
  4. To ensure that there is safe, adequate passage along the entirety of the public right-of-way for public safety and emergency response vehicles and personal; and
  5. To provide safe, adequate access along the public right-of-way for persons of all abilities.

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