Planning Commission approves Dairy Queen

This aerial image shows where Dairy Queen proposes to build.

By Sarah Brown
Lebanon Local
The Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the construction of a Dairy Queen with a two-lane drive-thru at its Sept. 15 meeting following a public hearing.
The proposed restaurant would be located on South Santiam Highway in the vacant lot across from Walmart, between Crocker’s Cars, Inc. and Walgreens. It will utilize .61 acres just north of the exit roadway from Walgreens. That roadway would act as the Dairy Queen’s entrance and exit.

In other business, the commission:
♦ Approved the proposed administrative review for the development of a three-story, 42-unit apartment complex located at the corner of South Main Street and Vaughan Lane, following a public hearing.
The commission received one letter in opposition to the development from a resident claiming that the building would obstruct a view of the mountains and invade backyard privacy. A neighbor addressed the commission directly, saying that developers were attempting to shoehorn too many people onto the property and create too much traffic in the area. He also noted the loss of the scenic view.
♦ Continued a discussion regarding code development for fuel stations and asked Community Development Director Kelly Hart to draw up an ordinance to be subject to a public hearing;
♦ Agreed to recommend to City Council the annexation and designation of a residential mixed density zone (RMD) for a .54-acre lot on the north side of Walker Road, east of Stoltz Hill Road, following a public hearing on the matter.