Wareham Planning Board learns ban is driving away business

By Matthew Bernat | Jan 08, 2018

After hearing that several businesses have withdrawn plans to open in Wareham, the Planning Board wants residents to weigh in on a drive-thru ban.

In place for the past seven years, the ban prohibits drive-thrus for new food-related businesses.

Drive-thrus for businesses such as banks and other non-food related businesses are allowed in the town’s general commercial district. That district stretches on both sides of Route 28 from the I-195 on-ramp to the area of Robertson’s Auto Salvage.

On Jan. 8, board members debated the ban, learning that it has driven away businesses.

“The property in front of Walmart has lost three potential clients because of this issue,” Selectman Alan Slavin, the town’s Planning Board liaison said. Slavin also noted that plans submitted in the spring for a Sonic Drive-In planned for East Wareham were withdrawn due to the ban.

Director of Planning and Community Development Kenneth Buckland said he was aware of restaurants that had considered opening in East and West Wareham, only to pull out in face of the ban.

Removing the ban requires a vote at Town Meeting. The request came from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Board members were reluctant to move the bylaw change forward on Monday, saying more information was required.

A public hearing seeking comments from residents, whether they are in favor or against the ban, will be announced at a later date.

Comments (4)
Posted by: baron1701@yahoo.com | Jan 09, 2018 13:53

I hate to lose business over this bylaw. It should be on a case to case basis. Using common sense. I lived in Middleboro and the Dunkin on 105 was a terrible experience. The drive through would extend out the street and down a busy road every morning. People would park in the highway. Thats an example of bad common sense.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Jan 09, 2018 20:22

It would have been helpful for the article to explain why the ban went into place.


Posted by: barnstorm | Jan 11, 2018 10:16

I'm with the BARON.........No ban......common sense approval


Posted by: Uptohere | Jan 13, 2018 12:06

I think there is a great reason for the ban and that a sore lacking in common sense in this town when it comes to who wants what. I agree it would be nice for a case by case base. Maybe common ground would be to define exctly  where there should never/rarely be a drivethur. A great example of no drivethur is toby and cranberry.

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