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McKown said he scraped by for several weeks as he waited for the new language to reach the City Council for a vote. According to Ogden Chief Administrative Officer Mark Johnson, the social hall definition took time for city planners to review.
"Being in a strip mall and close to a neighborhood are the complicating factors," Johnson said of McKown’s situation. "I know Earnie is anxious, but we want to make sure we do it right."
Proposed social hall parameters
Size » Up to 2,400 square feet in C-1 (neighborhood commercial), 4,000 square feet in C-2 (community commercial) and C-3 (regional commercial)
Days of operation » At least five days per week of which two days can be devoted to live music and dancing that is open to the public
Hours of use » Between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, until midnight Friday and Saturday
Must be multifunctional in nature and can be rented out for private events
No alcohol unless a private party renting the facility obtains a special event license
No tickets can be sold to attendees of private events
Source: Ogden City
In a March 5 City Council work session, Planning Director Greg Montgomery defined social halls as privately owned, multifunctional businesses that have to open at least five days a week and close by 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Live entertainment would be allowed two of those days. The space also can be rented out for private events such as weddings and receptions, but attendees could not be charged admission. Alcohol could be served at private events if the organizers obtained special event licenses.
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