January 30, 2016 - 8:30 AM
TIMS COULD WALK IF IT DOESN'T GET WHAT IT WANTS
KELOWNA - A tussle over the drive-through might mean one fewer Tim Hortons in Kelowna.
City staff are recommending against allowing a development permit for Mission Group Commercial to construct a building to the specifications requested by potential tenant Tim Hortons.
Tims wants to run its drive-through line parallel to Airport Way, according to a report prepared by planner Adam Cseke, giving it greater capacity but potentially leaving a line of idling cars as the first thing a visitor sees when leaving Kelowna International Airport.
“The intersection of Highway 97 and Airport Way represents a high profile gateway area to and from the City of Kelowna,” he says.
Cseke says Tim Hortons wasn’t interested in a lower profile drive-through configuration, offering only to screen the line with shrubs and landscaping.
The area is governed by a comprehensive development agreement and council must consider each development permit application separately.
Cseke says city planners have begun a more strict interpretation of the guidelines around drive-throughs and for high-profile locations.
Kelowna city councillors will consider the request at the regular council meeting, 1:30 p.m., Feb. 1 at City Hall.
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