Liberty Township wants Yum! Brands to follow the advice of its popular Mexican fast food chain and "think outside the bun."

Liberty Township wants Yum! Brands to follow the advice of its popular Mexican fast food chain and "think outside the bun."

The township's zoning commission last week told the company to revise architectural features and sign plans for a joint Taco Bell-Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant planned for 4072 W. Powell Road (state Route 750).

The company seeks approval of a 2,943-square-foot building containing restaurants and a drive-through for about six acres in the Market at Big Bear.

The commission voted unanimously to table the application to allow the plan to be revised and resubmitted.

Plans call for about 70 square feet of illuminated signs on the front of the building, facing Powell Road, with a Bell and Colonel logo and the names of both of the restaurants.

The company is also asking for a monument sign out front.

Commission members asked the fast food company to consider scaling back the sizes of signs and to consider using either the logo or text, but not both.

Resident Tom Rainey said the amount of signs are "totally inconsistent" with what has been approved for other uses in the Market at Big Bear and with other fast food users on the south side of Powell Road.

"There's too much signage visible from Powell Road," he said.

Commissioners also said the site needs more landscaping and the architecture, particularly on the front of the building, can better reflect the rural characteristics of surrounding retail and nearby homes.

"This building looks like something that's been taken out of a brand book," commissioner Dan Schade said. "I'm not asking you to build a farm house, just to bring it back a little bit."

The next zoning commission meeting on the Taco Bell-KFC application hasn't been scheduled.

The commercially zoned lot is owned by fast food company Steak 'n Shake, which previously sought to build there.

Plans for the restaurant were approved by the planning and zoning commission several years ago but the company dropped the plan.

Steak 'n Shake in late 2006 sought approval of a similar development less than a half mile away, at the southeast corner of Sawmill Parkway and Galloway Drive, in Powell.

The city's planning and zoning commission in December 2006 blasted the plans, saying they looked like "typical corporate America."

The company never resubmitted plans with Powell for the restaurant at the site, 9595 Sawmill Parkway.