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Planning commissioners approve location of new Oregon-based chain coffee shop

COURTESY PHOTO: FLICKR/NICOLAS VIGIER - Dutch Bros approved to locate in Sandy by planning commission.The conversation surrounding Dutch Bros coffee coming to Sandy resurfaced on Facebook recently.

A question about the shop's expected opening date was met with some simple support and disparagement of the company, but also speculation that the city of Sandy was somehow keeping the Grants Pass company's java kiosk from locating in town.

Mayor Stan Pulliam was quick to enter the fray of comments. "This project has made it through the land-use application process and through Planning Commission, which included a required traffic analysis, and received approval. My understanding is that the project now rests in the hands of the business executives as they complete their business and market analysis and make their final decision whether or not to proceed with the project. We have received no further word since the application passed the Planning Commission with approval last month. I hope this helps."

City Planning Director Kelly O'Neill confirmed the company's status with the planning commission to The Post, and said it was his understanding that Dutch Bros was in the process of finalizing financing for the new location.

Planning Commission approval is good for two years, though O'Neill did project that the process of locating a Dutch Bros as proposed on the former gas station property neighboring the 7-Eleven station on Proctor Boulevard would "be a lengthy process" because it will involve ODOT, DEQ and the city.

"We are in the process of working with the city of Sandy to get permits and licenses to open a Dutch Bros, but we don't have any firm plans (location, dates etc.) to share right now," wrote Dutch Bros PR Specialist Melanie Spliethof via email. "We enjoy working with each new city and understand that each location has different policies and processes. We have no complaints or concerns to report and anything suggesting that would be inaccurate. We hope to be serving the community of Sandy soon."

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