Malibu is out, Carl’s is in.
The former Malibu Restaurant in Valleyview is being eyed as the future site of a Carl’s Jr. restaurant.
But to make the change, the new owner needed a variance on some setbacks and the City’s permission to make some changes for a drive-thru.
City development and engineering services director David Trawin said Tuesday the drive-thru is narrower than at many others in town, but the space-saving design that’s proposed is feasible.
Coun. Ken Christian noted the location, along the frontage road by Vicars and the Trans-Canada Highway, is a bad intersection in terms of traffic.
Carl’s would be the fourth fast-food restaurant in the area, adding to the congestion that’s already causing problems.
Trawin agreed traffic is a concern, saying the intersection is one of the most reviewed in the province by the Highways Ministry.
However, the current alignment doesn’t allow for much flexibility or change. And the City is looking at it in its upcoming interchange study, he said.
But the application from Carl’s Jr. is for a variance, not a rezoning, so the land use is already designated for the restaurant.
Council voted to distribute a notice of intent for the variance.