Goleta Activists Appeal McDonald’s Drive-Through

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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The Goodland Coalition, a group of Goleta activists concerned about development, filed an appeal on 10/24 of the Planning Commission’s recent 3-2 approval of a drive-through for the McDonald’s in the Camino Real Marketplace. The group is worried about how the drive-through — which restaurant owner David Peterson has been vying for since 1997 — will affect traffic and related greenhouse-gas emissions. “We are surprised,” said project manager Troy White of the appeal. “This is a project that has no new impacts while providing significant community benefits. It improves traffic within the center, provides new sidewalks/crosswalks, and does not change the level of service on local streets. It will provide working families, busy workers, and the disabled a convenient means to get a meal while shopping at the center or driving by.” The appeal will go before the City Council at a date to be determined.


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BeachFan (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 8:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Darn right, NOT IN MY BACKYARD! You can have it in your backyard if you wish, but I don't see why you would.

Nockamixon (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 11:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Geez, Jack in the box has one half a block away. Has there been excessive traffic and and pollution on that one?

One thing I would say. The entrance and exit should be directly onto Storke. That exit from the Camino Real center is already packed. .

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 11:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The majority of MickeyD's victims, er, customers, appear to need all the exercise they can get.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany has it absolutely right. The present entrance is already a nightmare, due to conflicting traffic involving cars exiting the shopping center from Home Depot and from the restaurants, including McDonalds, from the other direction. A McDonalds entrance and exit from Storke Road would solve the problem completely.

RexOfSB (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 11:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ya I agree if the need to put one in they should run the drive thru directly onto Storke if they can. Apparently they want to extend the center divider and keep people from skipping from the Kmart center into the Home Depot/McD/Costco center by crossing Storke and visa versa. You also won't be able to go from Home Depot out to south Hollister without going out the entrance by the movie theater. This will help traffic flow more smoothly north and south along Storke, but imagine if you are in the Kmart center and want to go to Home Depot... You would have to go out onto Hollister, sounds like a PIA. Also sounds like more traffic in the parking lots themselves..

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 1 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Where would one put the entrance exit on Stork? It seems one would have to take out the bus stop and or the dedicated right turn lane... Because you all are correct, that the entrance/intersection is already a nightmare (and not even comparable to the open space of Jack in the...)
A drive thru just does not fit in that location!

tammy (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 9:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How did a McDonald's get into Goleta in the first place? What a bummer...

CalGalSB (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2013 at 11:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So we have Isla Vista, one of the most crowded places in the country, a big shopping mall, the Bacara, endless traffic, "high density" housing ideas, but people are worried about a drive-thru.

Got it.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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