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Members Of Santa Barbara Planning Group Blasted For Failing To Act On Chick-fil-A Project

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 5:45pm

A Santa Barbara City Councilman is blasting a city commission for failing to act on permits for a restaurant that’s part of a chain embroiled in controversy.

The City of Santa Barbara had already approved plans to convert a former Burger King restaurant on Upper State Street to a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

However, the owners had gone to the city’s Architectural Board of Review seeking minor landscaping modifications. The board failed to act on the requests, with all five members abstaining from a vote, and some citing their personal political beliefs.

Councilman Frank Hotchkiss called on them to resign if they can’t do their jobs, which is to weigh projects based on their design and architectural merit. City planning officials say the commissioners who cited their political views acted inappropriately, and that their job is strictly to pass judgement on design issues.

City planners approved the project’s modifications. Chick-fil-A has been at the center of controversy nationwide, after the company’s CEO voiced disapproval of same sex marriage.

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