Craig The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to recommend the Craig City Council approve site plans for two projects, which Chairman Jim Meineke said were good for the city.
The Commission unanimously voted in favor of plans for a Sonic Drive-In restaurant on a lot in front of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and plans for a Candlewood Suites Motel just east of First Street and Colorado Highway 13.
Meineke cited the increases in sales tax revenue from these two businesses as an example of progressive growth for the city.
Community Development Director Dave Costa told the Zoning Commission as much during its work session before the official meeting. There seemed to be no reasons for denial, he said.
"These are going to be good-looking buildings," Costa said. "Both of them have exceeded all of our requirements."
Mayor Don Jones had the only remaining concern about Sonic.
Although the city requires parking spaces to be 9 1/2 feet wide, that might not be big enough, he said.
"Everyone in Craig drives Dooley trucks," Jones said. "Is that going to give people enough room to park side-by-side?"
Probably not in cases where two wide trucks have their side mirrors all the way out, Costa answered.
"But until we increase our width requirements for parking spaces, there's not much we can do," he said.
The Sonic site plans call for 24 carhop stations, a drive-thru line and a patio with picnic tables.
There will not be any inside seating.
Zoning Commission members Randy Kloos and Chris Nichols excused themselves from participating in the discussion surrounding Sonic.
Kloos owns the land parcels surrounding Wal-Mart, where Sonic will be built, and Nichols owns the McDonald's franchise in Craig. Although both said they would have voted to approve the project based on its merits, they did not want to proceed when the possibility of a conflict existed.
Candlewood Suites will be tailored for extended-stay guests. Each room includes a kitchen, and there will be a Laundromat on the property.
The council will review both projects at its meeting Feb. 12. If the council approves them, developers can pay for building permits at any time, Costa said.
Both projects most likely will begin construction this spring, after harsh winter weather conditions have passed, Zoning Commission members and project representatives said.
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