I would note that permits are issued for inherently beneficial activities, for the convenience of public servants who might have to provide assistance and on occasion when there is a question whether the judgment of beneficial was accurate.
As Justice Kennedy often explained, the “issuance of a permit is not a matter of grace.” However, permits are also not designed to facilitate injury. In this instance, the SSLT seems to have sought a permit to garner a privilege that discombobulates the neighbors.
One point that was not clarified is that routing commercial traffic through a tiny residential enclave is totally uncalled for. But then, our Director of Community Development often does things backwards.