Opposition is building against Chick-fil-A's plans to open a new drive-thru restaurant in Mountain View.
A second appeal was filed Monday in the hopes of overturning a zoning administrator's July 11 decision to grant the embattled fast-food chain a series of permits for a location at 1962 El Camino Real.
Unlike the first appeal, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's opposition to same-sex marriage didn't factor into the latest effort, said Bruce England, who submitted the paperwork on behalf of a group of sustainability-minded people who live and work in Mountain View.
England's group has been following the project since last fall and is primarily concerned about the impact of a new drive-thru on the city. The 4,200-square-foot eatery would replace a Sizzler.
"Those who live and work in Mountain View expressed repeatedly preferences for increased emphasis on walkability and bikeability over car and other vehicle transit through infrastructure improvement prioritization," the appeal states.
"Increasing the number of approved drive throughs in our city from 26 to 27 moves in exactly the wrong direction."
In addition to permits for development review and heritage tree removal, zoning administrator Peter Gilli granted a conditional use permit for a drive-thru because no nearby property owners complained and Chick-fil-A agreed to take additional steps to address light and noise pollution concerns.
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England said his group doubts a proposed 7-foot-tall wall would do much to shield residents of an adjacent apartment complex from drive-thru activity. They also want to know whether tenants were told about Chick-fil-A's plans.
As a whole, the appeal contends the location would be a poor fit for a new drive-thru restaurant.
"Likely future developments in the area will include increased residential density due to infill and population growth," the appeal states.
"And, as it is reasonable to assume that multi-tenant building will predominate in the areas adjacent to the project location, renters, who represent the majority of the city's population, will be most impacted by what is allowed at the location."
The first appeal filed on July 19 also targets the drive-thru, but was motivated by Cathy's admission his Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" in its support of traditional marriage. However, the appeal did not list Cathy's statements as grounds for reversing Gilli's decision.
Although different in their origins, both appeals are seeking identical outcomes and England said his group would be happy to see either one upheld. Sept. 11 is the soonest the city council could consider them.
"By having two appeals on the table," England said, "it gives the council more flexibility to pick and choose among the options."