The Poway City Council will decide Tuesday night whether Chick-fil-A can build a restaurant where the former Coco’s Restaurant now stands.
Under a proposed conditional use permit and development review, the 6,500-square-foot building at 13464 Poway Road, vacant for two years, would be torn down and replaced with a new 4,584-square-foot restaurant and double drive-through order lane. The Poway Town and Country Center parking lot around the new restaurant will be reconfigured to accommodate the drive-through. A traffic study prepared as part of the application concluded the site can handle backed up drive-through vehicles. During peak hours, the company stations employees along the queue to process food orders. The restaurant will provide 26 parking spaces on the site, plus another eight elsewhere within the retail center, according to a report prepared for the council meeting.
The council first heard about the proposed use during a 2016 pre-development conference. At the time, the company was seeking a zoning change so that the drive-through could be allowed with a use permit. The zone change is no longer required now that an updated Poway Road Specific Plan has been adopted.