Medina Journal-Register — Last month officials from Dunkin’ Donuts approached the Shelby Planning Board with a concept idea to bring one of its stores to Medina.
“It was very informal,” said Kirk Myhill, board chairman. “We tossed the idea around and suggested some things.”
This past Tuesday Dunkin’ Donuts presented its formal application to the planning board. The proposed site plan calls for a Dunkin’ Donuts to be built at the southeast corner of Route 31 and Route 63 (Maple Ridge and South Gravel Roads).
“We reviewed it, and we found it didn’t meet one of our requirements,” Myhill said.
That requirement calls for the shop to be set back from the street at least 75 feet. The site plan meets the requirement along Maple Ridge Road, but it does not along South Gravel Road, Myhill said.
“They need to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals,” Myhill said. The ZBA has the ability allow for a variance for Dunkin’ Donuts to leave the plan as is. It normally meets once a month, Myhill said, but has met as needed in the past.
In the meantime, the Planning Board sent the Dunkin’ Donuts plan up to the Orleans County Planning Board for its stamp of approval, Myhill said. He pointed out that the Dunkin’ Donuts plan must first acquire a variance and county planning board approval before moving forward.
The Shelby Planning Board has set a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Shelby Town Hall for public input on the proposal. Both the town ZBA and the county planning board will also schedule public hearings at some point in the future before a final go-ahead is given for the project.
Myhill said that as a resident of Shelby, he hopes the national chain sets up shop in Medina.
“I’m all for new business in the community,” he said. “I think it will benefit us.”