McDonald's Hearing Continued Until April
After three hours of testimony, the Zoning Hearing Board continued an application by McDonald's for a variance.
After three hours of testimony, the Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday continued an application from McDonald's for a variance. The hearing will resume during a special Zoning Hearing Board meeting on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the township Administration Building.
McDonald’s is seeking zoning relief to exceed the driveway aisle width requirement for a 3,911 square-foot restaurant it hopes to build in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center. McDonald's is proposing to demolish a 6,000 square foot building adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank and construct a 58-seat restaurant with drive-through window.
The township’s ordinance requires all cart ways to be a minimum of 25 feet in width. McDonald’s needs a variance because it is seeking to construct a drive-through window aisle that’s 18 feet wide in some areas.
At the recommendation of the township’s Planning Commission, the township sent lawyer John Koopman in opposition to the proposal. Four residents also sought party status, including Fran Poole, president of the Cliveden Homeowners Association. Poole received party status on behalf of himself and the association. People with party status can cross examine witnesses and present evidence.
The majority of the hearing consisted of testimony from Michael Jeitner, an engineer hired on behalf of McDonald’s. Jeitner testified that the narrow aisle, which would be a one-way drive through, is the preferred size and configuration for the design.
A crowd of about 40 people turned out, but as the hour wore on, attendance began to dwindle. There was an opportunity for public comment, however no residents chose to speak.
There will be another opportunity for public comment at the April meeting.