Car wash lot Pole Line Road

Signs advertise lots available along Pole Line Road on March 16, 2016. A lot between Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Culver's could soon be developed for an Epic Car Wash.

TWIN FALLS — Two vacant properties in a quickly growing part of town could soon become home to two separate car washes.

On Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission will have public hearings to consider granting each business a special use permit. In Twin Falls, both car washes and drive-throughs are required to obtain special use permits from the city if they are in a commercial zone.

If approved, one drive-through car wash would be developed on Pole Line Road East, west of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. The other would go in at the northeast corner of Cheney Drive West and Washington Street North.

“There’s really not much difference between the two,” city planner Steve O’Connor said.

In fact, the applications were submitted just days from one another, for properties that are less than a half-mile apart.

The Pole Line carwash will be operated by Epic Shine, a franchise out of the Boise area. The automated car wash will be similar to the Rocket Express on Blue Lakes Boulevard, O’Connor said.

According to its application, Epic Shine expects between 300 and 350 cars per day. Its access will be from the private road that runs behind Walgreens.

Although Epic Shine anticipates water usage of 7,000 gallons per day, the city staff recommends early measures to make it easier to monitor the wastewater discharge if it ever reaches 25,000 gallons per day.

“We have to be compatible with our permit with the EPA,” O’Connor said.

Staff would require the car wash to install a manhole the city could access in the future.

Tommy Car Wash Systems has proposed to build in the empty field north of Cheney Drive West. This car wash could be approved by the commission under the same conditions.

According to the public hearing procedure with the city, for commercial zones all neighbors within 750 feet of the property have had to be notified. Residents will be allowed to comment on the proposals during the meeting.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in City Hall at 203 Main Ave. E. Also on the agenda:

  • A preliminary zoning development agreement and zoning change for property at 1122 Washington St. S., requested by the Community Council of Idaho.
  • A public hearing for a request for a special use permit to expand a veterinary hospital on property at 544 Main Ave. S. Connie Rippel with Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital has been looking for places to expand, O’Connor said, and the building next door recently became vacant. “It was fortunate now that this place right next to her opened up,” he said.
  • A public hearing for a special use permit for constructing a detached accessory building larger than 1,500 square feet on property at 3281 Meadow Ridge Lane.

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Heather Kennison can be reached at 208-735-3234.


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