UXBRIDGE: The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has ruled in favour of a restaurant with a drive through window, at 168 Brock St. West in Uxbridge.
In their ruling, the OMB stated Uxbridge’s zoning by-laws “do not explicitly prohibit eating establishments with drive through windows”, and therefore decided the Township should allow that part of the Armoclan Engineering application.
The proposal also includes an eight pump gas station, however, that part of the application is currently waiting on a decision from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, who are still reviewing the application.
The Uxbridge Committee of Adjustment had approved the drive through window for the site, but in December the decision was appealed to the OMB by a local resident.
The proposal, which also includes a convenience store and coffee shop, has been opposed by a local neighbourhood residents group, who feel the inclusion of drive through service would create an increase in traffic volume and noise.
However, the OMB said in their decision “evidence provided by [Armoclan] has demonstrated that negative impacts from increased traffic are not expected.”
The OMB also found the Township could handle the noise issue with noise related by-laws.
The board found the “potential impacts” of the drive through had been “addressed in a satisfactory manner” by the studies the applicant had carried out, and dismissed the appeal.