On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Gig Harbor Planning Commission will be making a recommendation on whether to allow restaurants in the historic Millville zoning district.

Last month, John Moist of Gig Harbor Marina Inc. submitted a proposel that would allow zoning for Restaurant 2 and 3, which essentially would allow a full service restaurant. Moist is hoping Brix 25 will move into one of his soon-to-be-vacant properties.

Ahead of the Jan. 18 meeting, Moist proposed a couple of additional changes. Restaurants will have a firm close time at 11 p.m. at the latest, as opposed to a last call at 9 or 9:30 p.m.; and the area where Restaurant 2 and 3 zoning can be is limited to a narrower area.

Moist also had his staff look at possible impacts on traffic. According to their study, backed up with information from the Institute for Traffic Engineers manual, a level 2 or 3 restaurant has no more impact on traffic than a level 1 restaurant. In addition, restaurants are off-peak traffic generators.

“The traffic impact restaurants with 25 to 35 tables will contribute to the overall traffic scheme is practically immeasurable,” Moist wrote in a letter to the planning commission.

Deliver trucks, which citizens expressed concern about at a planning commission meeting, make deliveries in the early morning hours, 6 to 7 a.m. They, too, would have a negligible impact, Moist said.

Moist admitted that downtown parking can be a problem sometimes in the city, but “this shouldn't be a reason to recommend against this proposal.” 

The Gig Harbor City Council will hear the planning commission's recommendation in February.