New hours of operation for Raising Cane’s

Planning Commission could approve the project at this week’s meeting.

The Planning Commission on Wednesday will be considering a revised application from the development team trying to open a Raising Cane’s location in Temecula, which would be the first in the valley for the popular purveyor of chicken fingers and fries.

The team made changes to address the concerns of residents who live near the proposed site for the restaurant, the building on Margarita Road near Lowe’s that used to house a Hometown Buffet.

Initially, Cane’s was scheduled to be open from Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. The new hours would find the drive-thru restaurant open from 9 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

In addition, the team has committed to building a four-foot high wall along the inside of the edge of the drive-thru lane in order to dampen noise from the speakers and idling vehicles, according to the staff report for the commission.

The commission, which is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Civic Center’s chambers, previously considered the plans in February but the item was continued due to the issues raised by area residents, which included noise, light pollution from headlights and traffic on Verdes Lane.

From the report, which recommends approval of the plans: “The project is for the construction of an approximately 3,935 square foot drive-thru restaurant for Raising Cane’s. The existing commercial building will be demolished. The project proposes a drive-thru restaurant with a dual drive thru lane allowing for a stacking area behind the menu board for eighteen cars, which is greater than the Development Code requirement of six cars. The restaurant also features a covered outdoor dining area.

“There are two points of vehicular access to the project. There is existing access off of the private drive aisle to the east of the project as well as from the commercial center to the north. The project also proposes a new exit only onto Verdes Lane. The project is required to provide 53 parking spaces per Table 17.24.040 of the City of Temecula Development Code. The project proposes 58 parking spaces.”

  1. Why should residents in the area have a say over hours of operation?


  2. Because the traffic car lights and resultant noise from the proposed two drive through lanes could impact their ability to enjoy peace and quiet in any homes that are close to the site!


  3. I live in that neighborhood, I’m all for new stores and restaurants but a two lane drive through open until midnight at that location is a nightmare.


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