It's official: A Graeter's Ice Cream shop is coming to Hilliard.
Graeter's is expected to build at the northwest corner of Scioto Darby Road and High School Drive.
The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 9 voted 3-1 to approve a site plan and a conditional-use permit for a drive-thru at the site.
Two members -- Mayor Don Schonhardt and Jay Muether -- were absent and one seat on the commission is vacant.
Cases before planning and zoning commission require only a majority of present members for action, according to law director Tracy Bradford, as opposed to rules for City Council that require a majority of its members, or four votes.
City planner John Talentino recommended approval of the Graeter's site plan and conditional-use permit.
Talentino provided the results of a traffic study and compared it to sales statistics Graeter's provided for three of its shops in Polaris, Upper Arlington and Pickerington.
According to sales figures, the busiest hours at Graeter's are weekends and after 7 p.m. on weekdays.
The study indicated heaviest traffic volumes in the area are 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays, Talentino said.
"(Graeter's') peak time is after the peak for traffic in the area, generally," Talentino said.
Commissioner Brett Bergefurd questioned the findings of the traffic study.
"The additional traffic concerns me," said Bergefurd, who voted against the application.
According to the site plan, Graeter's would have right-turn-only access to and from Scioto Darby Road and a full-access entry on High School Drive. The entrance from Scioto Darby would be between the Main Street roundabout and High School Drive.
The approximately 2,500-square-foot red-brick shop would be built on 0.68 acre that consists of three lots, each with a structure on it.
All three buildings would be demolished to build the ice-cream shop, Talentino said.
The lots' owner, Cincinnati-based Graeter's Holding Co., is expected to unify the three lots into a single lot, Talentino said
Two steps still remain.
Graeter's must obtain approval Nov. 16 from the Hilliard Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance to reduce minimum required pavement setbacks and a sign package was postponed until Dec. 14 for consideration by the planning and zoning commission.
Mack Parks, a project manager for HGC Construction who was representing Graeter's, said no activity would commence until a sign package is approved.