The Danbury Planning Commission is continuing a public hearing tonight on a proposed fast food restaurant, with drive thru, and a medical office at the corner of Sugar Hollow Road at Backus Avenue. Chipotle is looking to locate to the property that formerly housed Pier One Imports.
According to the City's Traffic Engineer, the existing lower traffic volumes from the current study at Backus Avenue and Route 7 Ramps still reflect the post pandemic reduction of traffic when compared with 2019 volumes from Shake Shack traffic report. The Traffic Engineer wants the project to replace the existing vehicle detection system at the intersections along Backus at the Mall entrance and at Sugar Hollow with a much reliable new 360 degree video vehicle detection system. This would allow the City to remotely monitor the traffic operations in this area and make necessary timing adjustments as needed for the post development and post pandemic traffic conditions when needed.
The applicant revised the site plan, based on the City's comments, to now show a drive thru lane 12 feet wide. Proposed lighting was adjusted to eliminate encroachment onto adjacent properties and shields will be added to minimize glare and skyglow.
The Zoom meeting is at 7:30pm.