Proposed Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

Tuesday, May 12, 2020



Section 4301.82 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) authorizes municipalities under 35,000 in population to create Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas (DORAs).  

The office of the City Manager is proposing a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) for the Uptown Business District in Oxford, Ohio.   To create a DORA the program must have the approval of City Council by a resolution or ordinance.  An application must also be filed with the Ohio Liquor Control Board.  The application filing must be advertised for two consecutive weeks in the newspaper and posted for review for at least 30 days. The following is a description of how this proposed program may work in our community if approved by City Council.  This topic will be discussed and voted on by City Council on Tuesday,  June 16, 2020. 

The DORA allows patrons to purchase an alcoholic beverage from a local establishment and carry their beverage outdoors in a designated area.   The creation of this proposed DORA is a result of citizen and business owner requests.  This program will allow for patrons to support local businesses and enjoy and alcoholic beverage while sitting at sidewalk tables or in the Uptown parks.  The City Manager’s office has conducted research with many other Ohio communities with operating DORAs and all have reported that DORAs spur economic activity and none have reported major problem behaviors as a result of the program. 

The City Manager’s office is recommending the adoption of this DORA in the City of Oxford during the time period that most Miami Students are not on campus. 


Proposed Program Outline:

The DORA will be in effect in Oxford, Ohio from May 20 to August 15th each summer.  It can be turned on at other times during the year with the permission of City Council. (For example: for an event during winter term).

It will be in effect during the above months from 11am-11pm. 

Bar owners will provide a special DORA cup that may be used outside.  These cups will be designed and sold to bar owners by Enjoy Oxford.  

The City of Oxford Service Department will manage the trash collection in the Uptown Business District.  The Division of Police will provide police coverage and enforcement.  Extra sanitation and police staff may be brought in for especially busy time periods.


Proposed Boundary for DORA:

The boundary of the proposed DORA is described as follows: the East side of Beech Street from Church Street to Walnut Street, the North side of Walnut Street from Beech Street to Campus Avenue, the West side of Campus Avenue from Walnut Street to Church Street, and the south side of Church Street from Beech Street to Campus Avenue. Said description contains approximately 20.97 acres.

Semi-permanent signs will be posted at all entrances and exits to the DORA.

DORA Boundaries Map



You are encouraged to review the full DORA Application.

If you have questions or comments about this proposed DORA you may contact the City Manager’s office.  City Council will also be seeking public comment at the June 16th City Council meeting. 





City Manager