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In-N-Out Gets In on Ventura Blvd.

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The Planning and Land Use Committee of the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council has approved the construction of an In-N-Out drive-thru at the west end of Ventura Blvd. The site was the former Bank of America branch located at 22822 Ventura Blvd.

The proposal now goes to the full board for a vote, but the PLUM Committee vote was unanimous and members said that In-N-Out has a “good name in the community” and this project will bring attention to the business owners and community at the west end of Ventura.

In-N-Out initially submitted plans last December which were approved, but the board reconsidered and rescinded the  vote in February because stakeholders complained that they were not given property notification of the initial hearing.

Stakeholders raised numerous concerns that focused on the proposed architecture, the large areas of blank white walls susceptible to graffiti taggers, the drive-thru queuing, and the right-hand turn only at the drive-thru exit. 

Concerns were raised that the design did not meet the intent of the “Re-Imagine Ventura Blvd.” plan.  

In-N-Out double-doubled their efforts and returned a plan that was acceptable to the PLUM Committee.

The existing bank structure will be demolished and a new one-story restaurant and adjacent covered dining patio fronting Ventura Blvd. will be built.  The rest of the site will be configured to facilitate a dedicated car drive-thru service window on the east side of the building, accessed from two entry/exits – one from Rigoletto Street to the west and the other on Del Valle to the south. 

The drive-thru will have single car exit only onto Ventura Blvd, basically the same ingress and egress that the old bank had in place.

The drive-thru queue can handle 24 cars, and if the line grows longer, staff will be equipped with hand-held electric ordering menus so they can walk to cars and speed up the service. 

As for graffiti deterrent, the applicant assured Neighborhood Council because clean-up crews will be active after dark and there will be cameras, tagging attempts should be rare and would be quickly covered by staff should they occur.

Overall the PLUM Committed found that the submitted application and plans  were approved with the addition of a “Right Turn Only” sign at the Ventura Blvd. exit.


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