Goleta Approves McDonald’s Drive-Through

Permit Mandates Crosswalk Striping and Pedestrian Walkway

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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The McDonald’s in Camino Real Marketplace will be getting a drive-through, after the Goleta Planning Commission approved the add-on — which the owner has been vying for since 1997 — with a 3-2 vote on Monday. The permit was granted after a public hearing in which those in support (citing the convenience) and in opposition (noting increased traffic and greenhouse gas emissions) turned out in equal measure.

Along with the drive-through, the permit will also require crosswalk striping from Storke Road into the shopping center as well as a pedestrian pathway. The median currently in place at the Storke entrance will be extended to prevent immediate left-hand turns into the Home Depot parking area, as well as left-hand turns from the McDonald’s parking area onto Marketplace Drive; traffic engineers said the extension will prevent cars from backing up at the entrance. Figures presented to the commission showed that traffic increases would be minimal — 131 more trips to the Marketplace on top of the current 10,000 daily visits — and air pollution from idling cars would be less than that generated by cars restarting. The commission also added a stipulation limiting the 204-foot long queue to 13 cars at a time.

In arguing for the drive-through permit, David Peterson, the owner of several area McDonald’s restaurants, including the one in question, said his intent was not to garner new customers but to capitalize on customers already in the shopping center. Commissioners Meg West and Julie Kessler Solomon both voted against the permit, with West saying she worried about what would happen if the impacts are greater than projected and Solomon adding that the traffic estimate “really begs belief.” No specific completion date for the drive-through is yet available.


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Ok, now how about approving a Costco GAS STATION to serve up some semi-affordable fuel in Goleta? Talk about sky high prices around that area. Whew!

Barron (anonymous profile)
October 16, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hopefully planners can fix the abysmal way the entrance and exit was originally planned. Since the original plan had NO provision for pedestrians anything new with pedestrian planning has got to be better (hopefully !! ).

mars (anonymous profile)
October 16, 2013 at 10:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Give me a break. "Figures presented to the Commission showed that ...air pollution from idling cars would be less than cars restarting." Whose figures? Are these figures from the same experts that showed that the traffic and parking impacts at the Trader Joe's on de la Vina would be minimal? Would the air pollution be less from that 13th allowable car in the 200+ foot line of inconvienced drivers?

I thought this battle had been fought and won for new fast food installations. It's hard to think of a more unappealing and trashy image for a shopping center than a line of idling cars full of lazy drivers. Yes, I understand that there are people with disabilities for whom there are access problems, but fast food installations have no problem making accommodations. Is there going to be a Starbucks or other coffee shop planned? Why not have a drive through for them too? It might be worth considering prohibiting pedestrian traffic altogether.

johnvasi (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2013 at 7:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I hate to tell you John. But there's already a Starbucks in that mall. Don't worry though, they'll never have a drivethrough in that one.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2013 at 7:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is awful. the lot is already extremely pedestrian unfriendly; and now we have to cater to people who don't want to get out of their cars, while they eat terribly unhealthy crap. Corporate greed wins again, fattening their wallets and Americans since...
I agree w/John... and I hope when the traffic nightmare becomes evident, that the City has authority to take away the drive thru - yea, good luck...

tammy (anonymous profile)
October 21, 2013 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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