The Richardson City Council rejected an application from Eiland Coffee Roasters for a location off US 75 in Richardson.
As I understand it, the Council wanted to stick to the regulations of the Planned Development for the area. Approving Eiland's application would have meant making an exception to allow a drive-through, which the next door restaurant park was not allowed. It would have meant relaxing the parking requirements vs floor area ratio, compared to what the next door restaurant park was required to meet. The Council was not against Eiland. It was not against a coffee shop. It was trying to hold the line on the planned development that everyone worked so hard on a few years ago. Eiland was not rejected. Its plan was. Eiland is free to rework its plan and come back with something that will work better for the neighborhood.
If you follow me, you know that I was opposed to the PD exceptions granted to the restaurant park, too. If you want nice things, you have to be willing to show a backbone. In an unusual vote, the City Council showed a backbone.