Norfolk approves special exemption for Waterside

Artist rendering of Waterside Live! Courtesy City of Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk City Council approved the special exemption for Waterside Live! Tuesday night.

Typically special exemption permits are applied for by businesses individually, and they give city government power to shut the businesses down if they don’t meet permit requirements, such as security and layout plans and alcohol and entertainment restrictions.

But last month a special exemption — that will greatly diminish council’s control over Waterside restaurants and bars — was unanimously approved by the city’s Planning Commission. Tuesday night it was approved by City Council.

The blanket special exemption will govern the revitalized Waterside mall as a whole, and individual businesses can open there without applying for their own permits. The special exemption was part of the city’s contract with Baltimore-based Cordish Company, which will start construction on the Waterside Live! soon.


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