After six years on the Norwalk Zoning Commission, I can only ruefully laugh at how this dialog echoes many meetings I had to endure. If you want small businesses to open, government bureaucracy needs to streamline.
Here’s a modest proposal, active floor space is active floor space. If a business wants to put tables, server over a counter, hang displays or otherwise come up with retail strategy, let them! Of course keeping it safe and accessible. And enough with the parking requirements. A business that opens without adequate parking will fail on its own.