Mr. Smith presented the next UDC text amendments up for consideration;
drive-throughs and utility easements. Drive-throughs, or drive-up facilities, are
regulated within the UDC by Section 29-4.3(i) and use-specific standard 29-3.3(jj).
These existing regulations generally pertain to the location or design of stacking
lanes and screening of drive-up facilities from residential property. A PowerPoint
presentation (attached) detailed the objective of regulating drive-through facilities
along with proposed revisions to the UDC.
The Commission requested clarification on the intent of regulating the orientation
of drive-throughs, specifically prohibiting them from facing a public street. It was
mentioned that some of the intent behind the regulation was to ensure there is an
engaging, accessible storefront for pedestrians between the storefront and the
Commissioners discussed existing drive-throughs constructed before the UDC and
after its adoption. They discussed the recent Culver’s PD Plan which allowed a
drive-through to face a public street with additional site work done to incorporate a
porte-cochère with architectural design consistent with the principal building.
Commissioners and staff discussed potential safety issues with a drive-through
lane bounded by a porte-cochère. In this scenario, the porte-cochère separated the
drive-through lane from the bypass lane which is intended to provide for a point of
egress from the drive-through stacking lane.
There was agreement that the porte-cochère should screen the service window and
have a wall or screening feature that extends to the top of the porte-cochère roof.
The Commission discussed various options for porte-cochères and decided that
minimal guidelines would allow applicants the versatility to develop unique
designs for unique site layouts. The Commission supported proposed revisions to
the UDC that would give developers this flexibility in design. Mr. Smith thanked the
Commission for their time and indicated that the discussion for drive-through
revisions would continue at the next work session.
VI. NEXT MEETING DATE - July 7, 2022 @ 5:30 pm (tentative)
Meeting adjourned approximately 7:00 pm
Move to adjourn
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