TWIN FALLS — The city’s planning and zoning department hopes to quickly resolve a dispute between two local businesses over a drive-through.
Dutch Bros. Coffee operates two drive-through lanes over property adjacent to DaVita Dialysis on Pole Line Road. But dialysis patients and medical staff complain that lines of coffee drinkers prevent them from getting in and out of the clinic in a safe and timely manner.
On Tuesday, city staff will give the Planning and Zoning Commission an update of the situation, which will come up for a public hearing as soon as Dutch Bros. submits a new proposal for its drive-through lanes. The coffee shop could face consequences if it doesn’t.
“If the application process is stalled by the applicant which causes this issue to continue to be unresolved, City Staff will bring forward a request seeking a motion for revocation in the future,” Senior Planner Jonathan Spendlove wrote in his report to the commission.
That is, the coffee shop could lose the special use permit that allows it to have drive-though lanes.
Zoning and Development Manager Renee Carraway-Johnson hopes the update to the commission on Tuesday will help motivate Dutch Bros. to follow through. She also felt the commission deserved an update on the situation. The City Council previously tasked staff with resolving DaVita Dialysis’ complaint.
Angi Veek, a corporate spokeswoman for Dutch Bros., could not provide a timeline for when a completed application might be submitted, but said it is “in the works.”
“Our developer is working with both parties to get those issues mitigated,” she told the Times-News in a phone interview.
DaVita Dialysis has been invited to come address the commission at the meeting, Carraway-Johnson said. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at 203 Main Ave. E.
Also on the agenda:
- A request to recommend annexing 13.43 acres of property — east of the intersection of Canyon Falls Drive and Harrison Street —with a zoning change from R-1 VAR to R-4 CRO.
- A request to change the zoning from R-4 to M-2 on a 10-acre property on the south side of the 400 block of Diamond Avenue West.
- A request for a special use permit to allow storage unit rentals and warehousing for existing structures at 1205 Addison Ave. W.