Variance: Drive-Through Setbacks at Wheat Montana

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

UPDATE: On July 28th, 2021 City Council approved the variance. This case is now closed for comment.

Project Description:

Development Services has received a request from Paul Forsting of IMEG, on behalf of Wheat Montana, for a variance from the drive-through setback requirements of Title 20 (Title 20.60.110.C.2). The applicant has proposed a drive through along Reserve Street and South 3rd Street West, located at 2520 S. 3rd Street West. The applicant is proposing to install a drive-through that will not meet the 20-foot setback requirements. The width of the right-of-way, and the layout of the kitchen prevent installing a drive through at an alternate location.

The drive-through will be setback 8.5 feet from the right-of-way along Reserve Street, and a minimum 3.8 feet from right of way off of S. 3rd Street W. The site is zoned C1-2 Neighborhood Commercial. The drive-through has previously been reviewed and approved for compliance with Design Excellence. Please review the attached application for a site plan and details of the proposal.

Project Application Links:

The application packet can be viewed here:

Project Timeline:

The public forum will be held by the Board of Adjustment on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

All meetings will be held remotely, with more information posted here:

Project Comment Deadline:

Public comment will be taken until the public hearing is closed. Comments can be submitted through Engage Missoula, via email to the planner noted below, by mailing in a letter to the City of Missoula office at 435 Ryman Street, Missoula, MT 59802, or during the public meeting. Provide your comment by June 15, 2021 to be included in the staff report provided to the Board of Adjustment. Your comments may be considered by Board of Adjustment in their decision to approve or deny this request.

Project Planner:

The project planner is Spencer Starke. He can be reached at (406) 552-6671 or

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