Newtown Planning and Zoning says no to Dunkin Donuts drive-thru
If you live in or commute to Newtown, don’t look to grab your coffee fix at a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru.
If you know a little about Newtown’s zoning laws, you know the city is pretty strict when it comes to drive-thru businesses.
Right now, there are no shopping malls, big box stores and no drive-through kiosks allowed in the city, and residents and political leaders all agree. According to newstimes.com, residents want to preserve the aesthetics of Newtown and small businesses, and convey a certain image to people who visit the city. This proposal to have a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru as part of the Mobile gas station on Route 6 (Church Hill Road), just off I-84, right next to the Blue Colony Diner did fly with none of the groups and was rejected.
Zoning commission board members cite the already overcrowded location, and adding drive-thru at this particular location would only add to the congestion due to traffic driving, cars driving get gas and use the station’s convenience store and traffic from other local businesses in this bustling neighborhood. Add to that the road, Route 6 is right next to the freeway and is normally crowded, especially during the morning commute.
The other main concerns of the Zoning and Planning Board were that, if approved, it could set a precedent that would eventually lead other companies to submit proposals behind the wheel in areas where gas stations and convenience stores exist. already.
Meanwhile, the Zoning and Planning Board gives gas station owners a chance to rework their plans and come back with a more closely matched solution that would make it more difficult for another gas station or convenience stores to follow the example of Mobil stations.
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