Earlier this month, the Clinton Township Planning Commission recommended a special land use and site development plan for a proposed Chipotle Mexican Grill on the west side of Groesbeck Highway, south of Cass Avenue.

Earlier this month, the Clinton Township Planning Commission recommended a special land use and site development plan for a proposed Chipotle Mexican Grill on the west side of Groesbeck Highway, south of Cass Avenue.

Photo by Alex Szwarc


Clinton Township Planning Commission recommends development plan for restaurant

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 27, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant is one step closer to becoming a reality along Groesbeck Highway in Clinton Township, near the Mount Clemens border.

At the May 13 Clinton Township Planning Commission meeting, a special land use approval and site development plan for a proposed Chipotle was unanimously recommended.

The area is just north of Sonic, on the west side of Groesbeck Highway, south of Cass Avenue.

Planning Director Bruce Thompson said the site was previously approved for a bank with a drive-thru, which never happened.

“They want to construct a 2,331-square-foot restaurant,” Thompson said. “The site was designed into the overall commercial set of buildings that are south of it.”

Reid Cooksey, of Stonefield Engineering and Design LLC, is representing Versus Development Group. He said this Chipotle won’t have a menu board one may see at places like McDonald’s.

“You would strictly order off an app and it gives you a time to pick it up, so you can’t be at a drive-thru ordering,” he said. “You just drive through at your assigned time and pick it up. It’s a much quicker transaction.”

Thompson said one issue with the Chipotle plan is that it requires the petitioner to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals to request a variance.

“There’s a specific section that states a fast-food restaurant in the B3 district shall not be located within 500 feet of another, unless it is across a 120-foot-wide right-of-way,” he said.

The other fast-food business directly in the area is Sonic.

The recommendation means the issue will go before the township’s Zoning Board of Appeals June 16, then the Board of Trustees June 21.

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