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Battle for drive-thru’s continues in Creve Coeur

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CREVE COUER, MO (KTVI) – The battle over drive-thru restaurants in Creve Coeur is back months after opponents thought they'd won.

The issue had new life before the Creve Coeur Planning & Zoning Commission, Tuesday night.

The Creve Coeur City Council rejected changes to allow more back drive-thru restaurants in February.

Current rules allow them only on sites of 3 acres or larger.

There have been a number of proposals, including a Chik-Fil-A, voted down a few years ago.

The change under consideration now would push back the size requirements to just 2 acres but also add new building and site requirements.

They could actually make it tougher to put add drive-thru restaurants.

Residents have been mostly opposed to the change, fearing a “fast food heaven” sprouting in Creve Coeur.

The driving force this time Panera Bread.  The company is seeking a drive-thru for its St. Louis Bread Company on Ballas Road.

There seems to be sympathy on the commission for that.

The question is how to allow Panera’s drive-thru without opening the floodgates for more.

A vote in the issue is likely at the Planning & Zoning Commission’s next meeting in 2 weeks.

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