Noe Valley may see more eateries

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The door was shut, but now the welcome mat is rolling out for more restaurants in Noe Valley.

A more than 20-year-old restriction on new restaurants opening up for business along Noe Valley’s neighborhood commercial corridor, 24th Street, moved closer to elimination Monday.

The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee unanimously supported legislation that would allow restaurants to open along 24th Street if they obtain a special permit, known as a conditional-use permit. Currently, a moratorium is in place.

The permit process includes notification of residents in the area and a chance to appeal the decision to grant a permit to the Board of Supervisors.

The legislation is not welcomed by everyone, with some residents saying it would turn the place into “restaurant row” and exacerbate parking woes.

But supporters said allowing more restaurants to move in would bring a better diversity of establishments, increase the vitality of the street and help generate foot traffic for other types of businesses.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who introduced the legislation, ­acknowledged there was not unanimity, but more people than not supported the bill.

“The legislation is important to the long-term vitality of 24th Street,” he said.

The Planning Commission had voted 7-0 in support of the ­legislation.

“We think it should be opened up as a case-by-case basis,” City Planner Tara Sullivan said. “It’s a better long-term planning tool. The commission can evaluate each restaurant. The community can weigh in.”

There are 22 restaurants operating along 24th Street in Noe Valley, with 15 vacancies and 13 take-out businesses, according to the Planning Department.

The legislation requires approval by the full board to become law. The board could vote on it as early as next week.

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