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Application for drive-thru near exit 10 denied

An application for a drive-thru in Newtown has been denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  The applicant was looking to make changes to the Mobil gas station/convenience store on Church Hill Road near Exit 10, so a Dunkin Donuts could have had a drive thru.  They ultimately decided the proposed text amendment change was too broad.  Three public hearings were held on the matter.  The proposal included Department of Transportation specifications that called for a “Do Not Enter” sign at the exit facing the road and a “Left Turn Only sign.” A request was made to have more than the minimum parking requirements.  Attorneys for the applicant noted tat the 11 designated parking spaces would have been enough for staff and patrons.  Drive-thrus are allowed in the Exit 10 overlay zone.  Commission members argued that a Dunkin Donuts drive thru would be another business within the Mobil convenience store and that regulations prohibit a second use.

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