It looks like Shawnee is adding another venue to its arsenal of fast-food establishments.

It looks like Shawnee is adding another venue to its arsenal of fast-food establishments.

In a Planning Commission agenda item, a preliminary plat is requested on the west side of the 4400 block of North Harrison Avenue — just south of the Quality Tunnel Car Wash. Applicant and project engineer Amy Landry, of Galveston, Texas, has submitted plans to build a Chicken Express fast food restaurant at the 1.16-acre site.

On Wednesday, the Shawnee Planning Commission will finally be able to take care of business with a full board.

The committee has been at least one or two seats light for awhile, but this week the board will swear in two new members — Cody Deem and Daniel Matthews.

The board may approve a resolution if it determines an Amended and Restated Shawnee Downtown Revitalization Project Plan is in conformance with the City of Shawnee Comprehensive Plan; if so, it will recommend that the Shawnee City Commission approve and adopt the plan.

The board also will consider whether the City of Shawnee Sign Code should be changed as it relates to flag poles.

A recent case was considered by the City of Shawnee Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBOA) regarding a variance to the City’s code concerning height of signs, but more specifically a flag pole in this case. If a property is within one-quarter mile of Interstate-40, sign height shall not exceed forty feet. The applicant requested a variance to allow for a 100’ flagpole for a Chevy Dealership located at 4920 Auto Mall Drive.

The ZBOA denied the requested variance, on two counts — first, the request would be inconsistent with precedents in place; and second, the request does not qualify as a variance.

According to the agenda, staff has reviewed the request with great caution, “as the City of Shawnee has a history of preserving the highway visual corridor, particularly by regulating sign height, building height, billboards and other advertising.”

For the purposes of continuity, it should be noted that current structures and signs along I-40 have been held to the forty-foot height standard. A one-hundred foot flag pole would be double the height of existing structures.

Though it's a large flag, the agenda reads, the intent of such could be deemed as advertising — attracting the attention of passersby. Staff recommends denial.

The Planning Commission meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.