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Controversial vote in Honeoye Falls

Honeoye Falls, N.Y. -- Walk-in or drive-thru? In the Honeoye Falls commercial district, walking-in is the only option, but a measure to change a town zoning law could alter things. It's a small village issue that some say has large potential ramifications.

The village board is set to vote on whether or not to allow for up to two drive-thru restaurants in its commercial district. Drive-thru restaurants are permitted in the historic Village Business District, though none exist.

The board passed the measure last year only to vacate it after legal pressure from the Honeoye Falls Community Association, a grass roots group with a laundry list of concerns over drive-thrus.

"I believe overall, that we feel we need an influx of business in the village," said Richard Milne, Mayor of Honeoye Falls.

Dunkin' Donuts expressed interest in building a restaurant complete with drive through on a plot of land within the commercial district, said Milne.

"For me, personally, I think the low-density suburban development is not what we should aspire to in Honeoye Falls," said Robert Maurer. "We have traditional development, it's denser, there's higher value to that sort of development."

Update: The Honeoye Falls Board of Trustees voted 3 to 1 to allow drive-thrus.

 
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