A second drive-thru lane at 38 York Road. According to the City of Hamilton, Tim Hortons should mitigate 28 years of traffic impact by bringing it to minimum standards.
City spokeswoman Ava van Heerden said staff were considering a site plan request for an additional lane, west of the existing lane, which would remove existing parking spaces.
âThese renovations are expected to increase the minimum stacking capacity,â van Heerden said.
The proposed double drive-thru will add space for vehicles waiting on the plaza property, apparently reducing or eliminating backups on King Street East near Cootes Drive.
Van Heerden was unable to answer questions about the conditions for site plan approval, including whether there might be an existing single-lane drive-thru traffic demand analysis, an impact study traffic on King Street East and Cootes Drive or whatever might be mandatory.
âStaff have not received all comments on the sitemap request and cannot provide a response at this time,â she said.
Area residents and business owners have faced traffic jams on King Street East at Cootes Drive since one-lane drive-thru was approved by the former Town of Dundas in 1994.
âIt’s an old Tim Hortons, not designed for drive-thru,â said Tanya McKenna, the city’s highway operations staff member, in November 2008. âThey dropped it in there. “.
In May 1999 line up and let traffic pass.
In March 2009, Hamilton City Council asked staff to develop zoning bylaws and revise site plan guidelines, to better regulate the design of drive-thru, reduce conflict with pedestrians and adjacent residential uses and to avoid stacking vehicles on city roads.
Van Heerden did not say whether any new regulations or guidelines have been implemented in the past 13 years.
Problems 28 years ago by neighbors continue, according to Owen Harris of Monaco Spa next door – formerly Crodon Kitchen and Bath.
âAbsolutely, the current drive-thru setup is causing traffic issues,â Harris said. “I’m sure most of the people who live on this street would agree.”
Without seeing any details of the proposal, Harris said he couldn’t comment on the usefulness of a second drive-thru lane.
In 2016, while Crodon was still located at 69 King Street East, next to the drive-thru, owner Russ Woodward said it was causing traffic, safety and pollution issues, as well as headaches for access Crodon Alley. Crodon sold 69 King to Monaco Spa in 2020 and moved to the old post office building in downtown Dundas.
Tim Hortons representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
Bruce Hellinga, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Waterloo, said it is typical to perform a traffic impact assessment for proposed developments.
âIn this particular case, the Tim Hortons already exists, so it is possible to observe the travel requests over a number of days and hours of the day and to observe (and) measure the problems related to the drive-thru queue pouring into the street. Hellinga said.
The City of Hamilton’s official plan states that drive-thru should not disrupt the operation of adjacent streets and should ensure minimal impact on neighboring properties.
The official plan states that â… stacking lanes should be located away from adjacent streets to ensure site operations do not disrupt traffic on public streets. “
The official plan requires a minimum of 12 vehicle stacking spaces.