City looks into limited drive-thru bans
April 08, 2009
The Hamilton Spectator
(Apr 8, 2009)
Hamilton’s planning staff continue to oppose a city-wide ban on drive-thrus, but are investigating restrictions for select neighbourhoods.
A full ban would likely be appealed and lose at the Ontario Municipal Board, staff told councillors on the planning committee yesterday. However, as part of the city’s official plan and zoning regulations, staff feel it’s possible to explore smaller bans around the city. For example, drive-thrus aren’t currently allowed in the downtown and business improvement areas, which are considered pedestrian-focused.
Councillor Brian McHattie said he would like the city to push further, arguing drive-thrus are “unnecessary.”
“It does promote a car culture,” he said. He favours a ban to reduce air pollution and promote healthier lifestyles.
The city plans to consult with the service industry and work with urban design staff before returning with recommendations in the fall.
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