It appears Plymouth will have a new restaurant with drive-thru service.

During Tuesday’s, Plymouth Board of Zoning Appeals, Plymouth Indiana Retail Management LLC with a Bingham Farms, MI address asked for a variance of development standard.  The variance is to reduce the required 5-foot landscape buffer strip abutting adjacent lots.  The request was to reduce the buffer strip to a 1.3-foot strip only at the southeast corner of the property at 1547 Pilgrim Lane.

The proposed restaurant with a drive-thru will be located on the small lot between Arby’s and Goodwill along U.S. 30.   The lot is only 110 feet wide and typically they are 150 feet.

Plymouth Plan Consultant Ralph Booker shared the site plan, drainage plan, lighting plan, utility plan, erosion, and sediment control plan, and the landscaping plan with BZA members.   He pointed out the buffer that Goodwill has in place on their property and explained that Arby’s doesn’t have a buffer because they were built prior to the zoning regulations, therefore their parking lot runs all the way from property line to property line.  

A representative from Stonefield Engineering & Design told the BZA they are proposing a 10-foot-wide buffer on Arby’s side of the lot and a 5-foot-wide buffer on the Goodwill side of the lot except near the open detention pond at the back corner of the property.  He said they are not seeking any other variances for the proposed restaurant.   

The engineering representative said the proposal is for a 2,560-square-foot restaurant with a drive-thru and 27 parking spaces, while the city ordinance only requires 25 parking spaces.  When asked what restaurant it is, the representative from Detroit, MI said the tenant is not known yet.      

There were no comments during the public hearing.

Board of Zoning Appeals member Brandon Richie motioned to approve the variance as presented, his motion was seconded by Mark Gidley.  The Plymouth BZA unanimously approved the variance.