The Genesee County Planning Board recommended Thursday that Tim Hortons be granted a special use permit to build a new drive-through coffee shop in the town of Batavia.
The site of the proposed 1,953-square-foot restaurant is 8400 Lewiston Rd. (Route 63). It is across the street from Tops Plaza and south of Route 5 (West Main Street), adjacent to Rite Aid.
Approval of the recommendation for the permit was passed with the stipulation that Tim Hortons Development Group complete a traffic study. The research should address potential problems that may arise if there are exits and entrances to the restaurant on routes 5 and 63.
The Planning Board also recommended Tim Hortons receive a zoning variance for the project, planned for construction on a commercial parcel that is slightly less than 1 acre. The preliminary design includes a 15.7-foot sidelot setback; the minimum required under town law is 50 feet.
According to Tim Hortons building and zoning application, the coffee shop will include 26 indoor and outdoor seats for patrons, parking for 25 vehicles and driveways on Main Street and Lewiston Road. There is also a a drive-through lane on the side of the parcel nearest to Rite Aid that can accommodate nine cars.
The Planning Board went against the findings of the county’s senior planners, who recommended rejection of the application. They cited concerns about traffic flow on routes 5 and 63, whether a nine-car drive-up lane is adequate and the lack of a traffic study.
The final decision on the project rests with the town of Batavia.
In other matters at Thursday’s session the county Planning Board recommended:
— Approval of a variance for Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep, 306 West Main St., city of Batavia, to erect an arched sign on the wall of the dealership building that faces Main Street.
— Rejection of a variance request to place a 24-square-foot sign at Route 63 Self Storage, 9366 Batavia-Stafford Townline Rd., town of Batavia. The town allows a maximum sign size of 8 square feet.
— Approval, with modifications, of a site plan and variance for construction of a 49-foot aviation light tower at Bethany Air Park, 9704 Bethany Center Rd., East Bethany. The maximum tower height allowed under town law is 35 feet.
— Approval, with modifications, of a special use permit for Carl Inman, 1752 Broadway, Darien, to construct a 746-square-foot addition at his residence for use by an elderly family member. The modification is the applicant submit a site plan to the town of Darien that provides specifics on parking spaces and location of the driveway.
— Approval of a variance for Ron and Betty Zarbo, 10157 Lake Rd., Pavilion, to construct a 1,5326-square-foot storage building in their front yard. The maximum size allowed for a front-yard accessory structure under town law is 150 square feet.
— Approval of a site plan and variance for Indian Falls Restaurant to build a deck on the outside of its building. The proposal is to construct the deck about 17.5 feet from the front property line; 50 feet is required by town of Pembroke law.
— Rejection of a variance for Jeff Alexander of 8371 North Lake Rd., Pembroke, to stable seven goats in his 1-acre back yard. The minimum size lot for stabling livestock in the town is 2 acres.
The applicant also requested a variance to allow a 12.75-foot sidelot setback from a neighboring property line. The town requires a 100-foot side setback.
— Approval of amendments to the windmill law in the town of Pembroke. The changes were in the section that regulates non-commercial wind energy systems.
In a related matter, the Planning Board recommended approval of a special use permit for Lynn Schafer, 1176 Gabbey Rd., Pembroke, to construct 10-kilowatt, 140-foot windmill on her property.