Although heated debates over "suburbanization" of the area or the unhealthiness of the chain erupted after the plans were announced, the decision ultimately came down to zoning: The neighborhood’s mixed-use district doesn't allow for drive-throughs, even with a conditional use permit.
The City Planning Commission's Director of Safety and Permits, Dr. Jared Munster, said the developer is still free to seek a conditional use permit for the Taco Bell without the drive-through—but how fun would that be?
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