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Arm of person passing a fast-food drink from a drive-thru window and hand of person in vehicle accepting it.

Town council to focus on the bigger picture

Pincher Creek town council has put the brakes on plans to include drive-thrus in its C4 transitional zoning designation.

In a vote of 6-1, with Coun. Sahra Nodge the lone dissenter, council defeated the second of three readings of an amendment that would have allowed businesses, like restaurants and financial institutions, to potentially have drive-thrus in the downtown core.

“The one thing, in my view, that makes it slightly incompatible, is you’re transitioning from residential to commercial and that whole area of transition has public sidewalks right in front of it,” said Coun. Wayne Oliver, referring to the Subway restaurant on Main Street, which had been hoping to open its existing drive-thru window.

“Having a drive-thru that has to cross (two) public sidewalks is not an ideal design,” he said. “And that’s a high-traffic area with a swimming pool and a skating rink.”

There was also concern across the board that an alleyway behind the restaurant might be impacted by a drive-thru lane.

While there’d been no direct dialogue with the owner of the Subway on the access route, the town’s CAO assured council that vehicles wouldn’t be able to line up in the alley. 

“Private development isn’t able to use back alleys. Everything has to be done on their site,” confirmed Angie Lucas, when asked by Coun. David Green where the vehicles would enter the drive-thru.

Oliver, however, followed up on an earlier comment from Mayor Don Anderberg that any amendment changes need to be considered for all the businesses that might be affected, not just one.

 

Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

New direction for future development? 

While in favour of seeing the amendment go through second reading, Nodge also accepted there might be a shift in what the community wants from its downtown, which includes Kettles Street, where a number of lots fall under the “transitional” designation.

The zoning “was primarily along the Kettles Street piece. It’s more than just Main Street,” she said. “It was meant to facilitate more commercial development on Kettles and also on the west end of Main Street, west of the Hewetson intersection, on that block, on both sides.”

But have the wants and needs of the community changed?

“I don’t think where our community is moving now is foreseeing Kettles as a commercial core, as it once did, and I think there’s a shift in how the downtown is viewed in terms of growth possibility and the desirability,” Nodge added.

Anderberg, meanwhile, would like to see any future discussion on land use include the stretch of Main Street west of Hewetson.

“The (original) intent was to intensify that section for commercial development. It hasn’t worked too well,” he said.

Anderberg hopes an updated land use bylaw, with new provisions for C4, will address that.

“I think the plan (for the C4 district) was put in place … 1998, 1990, so it’s been 25 years. It’s out of date,” said the mayor.

The first draft of the new land use bylaw could come across the council table as early as next month.

Exterior of Subway franchise building in Pincher Creek

Main Street restaurant awaits changes to bylaw

The Town of Pincher Creek is looking at making a change to one of its zoning designations.

Known as C-4 transitional commercial, it covers financial institutions, retail stores and restaurants, but the rules now don’t allow for a business to operate a drive-thru window.

The owner of a Main Street eatery is hoping a proposed amendment to the current bylaw will change all of that.

Avinash Thakor owns the downtown Subway location, at the corner of Main and Davidson, and has since 2017.

“The drive-thru, for some people, is much more convenient, especially if, maybe, you have kids in your car. It’s much quicker sometimes,” Thakor said.

“Right now, I’m really just waiting for the process to be completed.”

For any changes to be accepted, though, a bylaw amendment or amendments need to go to a first reading, then to a public hearing, before a second and final third reading.

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

The first two steps have already happened.

“So, if the request gets added into the zoning, and the zoning gets changed, then the applicant is going to have to bring an application forward,” Mayor Don Anderberg explained after the Aug. 28 public hearing.

Facing staffing challenges, like many employers, opening the drive-thru window hasn’t always been top of mind for Thakor, but it’s something his customers have been asking about with a window already in place.

If approved, the restaurant will also need to establish a traffic pattern to avoid blocking a nearby alleyway and Davidson Avenue, but so far no one in the neighbourhood has shared any concern, including at the recent public hearing.

“There is actually space in the parking lot where you could enter the drive-thru and it’s wide enough,” Thakor said.

A passing of the new bylaw could come as early as the town’s next regular council meeting, Sept. 11, when it’s expected to receive both second and final readings in succession.