Comment on Farmington Panera drive-through Monday

Farmington Planning Commission on Monday will hold three public hearings, including one for a proposed drive-through window at Panera Bread on Grand River.

Commissioners got their first look last month at the Panera proposal, which would put the feature in a public alley on the east side of the building. Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen said the city could provide an easement for use of the alley.

During the 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 23600 Liberty, commissioners will hear from residents on two other issues:

The City of Farmington Draft Master Plan Update 2018-2019. City council members approved the draft plan in June. A copy can be reviewed at City Hall or at farmgov.com.

A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment for Marijuana Establishments. In a memo to Christiansen, city attorney Tom Schultz noted that the city council in April voted to opt out of allowing marijuana establishments

”That probably is enough for LARA (Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) to know not to issue a license to an establishment in Michigan,” he wrote. “However, the City wants to make sure that it has made its intentions clear by also putting the opt out language in its Zoning Ordinance—essentially, these establishments are land uses, and it makes sense to regulate them that way, too.”

Schultz said the language does not preclude revisiting the issue in the future.

Commissioners will also review plans for outdoor seating at Sidecar Slider Bar, 32720 Grand River. The full meeting agenda and supporting materials are posted at farmgov.com/City-Services/Government/Agendas-and-Minutes/Planning/2019.aspx