North Vancouver to banish the drive-thru burger?

Last Updated: Monday, January 21, 2008 | 9:42 AM ET

CBC News


The City of North Vancouver will be debating a motion Monday night to ban all restaurant drive-thru windows, meaning those hankering for a late-night burger and fries may soon have few options.

The motion was put forward by Coun. Sam Schechter, who wants to ensure any new restaurants do not have a drive-thru window.

"The motion that I’ve put forward is one to limit the growth of drive-thrus in North Vancouver, so in the future as businesses arrive, they won’t have a drive-thru service window," said Schechter.

The City of North Vancouver currently has only one drive-thru window, at a local A&W restaurant, according to Schechter, but there are several drive-thrus in the neighbouring District of North Vancouver.

Schechter said his goal is not to close the A&W drive-thru, but to prevent new ones from popping up.

He said he wants to ban the drive-thru option for two reasons: they attract a lot of late-night traffic and noise, and they are a constant source of idling cars.

He argued transportation accounts for more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions in North Vancouver.

"What I am suggesting is that we need to look at things through an environmental lens when we look at policy development and how we, as a society, expand and grow," said Schechter.

Entitled "Limiting Future Proliferation of Drive-Through Businesses in the City of North Vancouver, the motion is ninth on the agenda."

Council will begin discussing the agenda at 6 p.m. PT and the public portion of the meeting starts at 7 p.m. PT Monday night.



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