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Proposed Petaluma Walgreens may be dead without drive-thru

A proposed drive-thru pharmacy across from Petaluma Valley Hospital appears "dead in the water" unless the developer submits a modified plan that complies with city rules banning most vehicular pick-up lanes.

Browman Development of Walnut Creek this week sought a new hearing before City Council members as soon as possible for another chance to try convince them a drive-thru is a public benefit. The council declined to reconsider the mattter.

The company was told in September that a new pharmacy was welcome, but that a drive-thru wasn't. The city banned new drive-thru lanes several years ago in an effort to prevent pollution-causing emissions created by idling vehicles.

Earlier this year, the Petaluma Health Care District and Browman proposed a 2-acre retail development with a 7,500-square-foot office building and a 14,500-square-foot Walgreens drugstore on district-owned land at McDowell Boulevard and Lynch Creek Way.

They argued that the benefits to the community of a convenient drive-thru operation should override the ban.

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