The drive-thru at Tim Hortons at 9685 Johnstown Road will change to provide better traffic flow through the restaurant's parking lot, according to city officials.

The drive-thru at Tim Hortons at 9685 Johnstown Road will change to provide better traffic flow through the restaurant's parking lot, according to city officials.

The change required city approval of a zoning modification, which was granted May 21 by the New Albany Planning Commission. The Kass Corp., a Columbus development company, applied for the change.

The drive-thru is accessed north of the building. Cars enter from an access road off Johnstown Road that runs beside Blue Agave, the Mexican restaurant on the east side of the strip center. Cars drive north of the Tim Hortons, heading east to reach the drive-thru.

New Albany City Planner Stephen Mayer said the drive-thru will be changed so cars will drive farther north through the middle of the rear parking lot, heading south to the drive-thru.

To route cars away from the north side of the building, planter boxes will be installed where the access road turns left behind Blue Agave and an island will be built in the current drive-thru lane. Access to the trash bins behind the building will be maintained through a 15-foot one-way lane along the north side of the building.

Tim Hortons assistant manager Emily Pittenger said the business does not typically receive complaints about the drive-thru.

"We haven't had any complaints and we look at those every day," she said.

Also on May 21, planning commission members approved blue awnings for the rear of the Blue Agave space and for patio seating in front of the restaurant.

Adrienne Joly, the city's project manager, said the front sidewalk will not change: It borders the proposed patio seating.