New Pizza Hut approved by Canton Village Planning Board

CANTON — The village Planning Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a site plan for a new Pizza Hut in the University Plaza on Route 11. The new site is about 200 yards from the existing Pizza Hut and will include a drive-through area.

The Planning Board reviewed several recommendations by the St. Lawrence County Planning Board concerning the site plan. Among those was the removal of three signs, each measuring 1 foot by 4 feet, reading “Pizza,” “Wings” and “Beer.”

“We talked about that — it’s a commodity,” said Planning Board member Nicholas E. Kocher, referring to the board’s discussion of the plan before it was forwarded to the county Planning Board.

The Planning Board will allow Pizza Hut to keep the three signs on the west side of the building.

One change was made to the plan to meet one of the recommendations by the county Planning Board.

The revised plan includes bushes, between the building and Route 11, which will act as a buffer to headlights from the parking lot.

“We put some bushes along the front to kind of appease everyone,” said Neal H. Zinsmeyer Jr., a project engineer with Napierala Consulting, who was presenting the project. “Pizza Hut is trying to do the right thing; we wanted to compromise.”

The final recommendation discussed Tuesday night was protecting the drainage swale where Pizza Hut plans to keep the snow they plow from their parking lot. Mr. Zinsmeyer said snow would not affect drainage at this spot.

“The concern is that snow will pile up and block some drainage, but I don’t see it being an issue. If it is, we can just push the snow further,” said Mr. Zinsmeyer.

The project will now go to the village Board of Trustees, which will need to approve a sign variance and the creation of a new lot.

The next Village Board meeting is Feb. 16.

By Jake Newman, Watertown Daily Times