Draft Drive-Through Design Guidelines are now available for public review and comment. Please submit any comments to Planner, Refugio Torres-Campos via email at
by September 25, 2019 or by calling (562) 570-6571.
On July 16, 2019, the City Council adopted Zoning Code Amendments (ZCA) to regulate new and expansions of existing drive-through facilities by requiring a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to ensure that they meet a number of locational and design criteria. As part of its action, City Council instructed staff to prepare Drive-Through Design Guidelines that are intended to further improve the site planning and design of drive-through establishments when permitted. The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the draft guidelines on October 3, 2019. If approved, drive-through establishments will be required to conform to the design guidelines.
This project was undertaken in response to community concerns regarding drive-throughs, including their concentration in particular areas of the City. The effort includes new Zoning Code regulations (adopted July 16, 2019 and effective August 23, 2019) and the draft design guidelines, which will supplement the new regulations. The regulations and the proposed design guidelines are intended to work together to ensure future drive-through establishments are appropriately located, well-designed, minimize impacts to surrounding uses, and generally contribute to a more pedestrian-friendly environment.