By Bryan Boggiano
Coral Springs takes one step closer to opening a restaurant where residents can “love that Popeyes Chicken”.
On Wednesday, the city commission will discuss whether to allow CR Cypress Run, LLC, to develop a Popeyes Louisiana kitchen in 10599-10667 Boulevard de l’Atlantique Ouest, allowing conditional use and a special exception to an escape route.
According to a city memo, while the land use planning code allows fast food restaurants in community business zoning districts, drive-thru requires conditional use approval.
For this to be approved, Popeyes must not adversely affect surrounding residential areas, proposed uses, or existing uses. The restaurant must promote the objectives and goals of the overall plan and meet buffering requirements.
The note notes that there will be landscaped buffer zones on all sides, with additional landscaping around the building, drive-thru and parking lot.
These companies are also the subject of noise and traffic studies. According to documents, the city noise consultant reviewed a study concluding that the sound generated by vehicles and driving speakers would not exceed city limits. The city’s traffic advisor has also reviewed the plan and believes that traffic would not be a problem.
Popeyes must meet other requirements: limiting deliveries between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., equipping the drive-thru box with automatic volume control, having wall panels that comply with city code, and planting tall trees to be consistent. with the property and be substantially developed according to the site plan.
The second point to be discussed is a special exception to the land use planning code requirements for an escape route.
Currently, the land use planning code states that there must be three separate lanes for drive-thru businesses: a 10-foot drive-thru, a 10-foot escape route, and a 12-foot traffic lane. and 24 feet.
Based on its proposed layout, Popeyes would be required to provide an escape route on the east, west and south sides of the property. Due to limitations, this route would only be on the west side and part of the south side.
City staff worked with Cypress Run, LLC to ensure the property was optimal for traffic. They also worked with developers to meet code requirements.
Popeyes is a Louisiana-based fast food restaurant located in Davie, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, and Oakland Park. In 2019, they started selling chicken sandwiches to compete with other fast food restaurants, and within weeks they sold out.
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A journalism graduate from the University of Florida, Bryan is pursuing his master’s degree in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment and journalism.