Q. Why are there no fast food restaurants in the downtown area? Is there a zoning restriction due to the historic district?
A. We posed the question to Ron Satterfield, the city of Wilmington’s planning manager. Fast food restaurants are permitted downtown, he said.
He wrote: “Within the CBD, Central Business District, a fast food restaurant with a drive-through window must locate the window in the side or rear yard with a set back of at least 10 feet from the front plane of all street-facing facades. Restaurants are not permitted in the HD, Historic District zoning classification. In the HD-MU, Historic Mixed-Use zoning district, restaurants are allowed with a special use permit, but could not have a drive-through window.”
Date posted: September 7, 2012
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