Chadwick wants council to discuss drive-through ban | Collingwood

Chadwick wants council to discuss drive-through ban

Author: John Edwards, Staff

Date: Sep 30, 2009

Councillor Ian Chadwick wants the issue of banning drive-throughs brought to the table.

Chadwick asked the planning department to bring the issue to the table when the comprehensive zoning bylaw comes to council next week.

Chadwick, a big proponent of the anti-idling bylaw, said this would apply to future drive-throughs, not those currently operating in Collingwood.

"I don’t know there is a problem banning future drive throughs," he said.

He said there are a lot of cars that idle while waiting in drive-throughs and he would like to see more businesses educated on the anti-idling bylaw.

"We have to develop an educational program for the businesses," he said. "If the line is longer than two cars, turn your car off."

Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier said some drive-throughs on First Street and one at Collins and Hurontario Streets, cause major traffic problems. He said it could be looking at new places for drive throughs that would cause less trouble.

"There are sites that could be suited for a drive-through," he said. "I think it would be nice to have the discussion."

Councillor Tim McNabb said banning future drive-throughs in 2010 isn’t something he would support.

"If you are going to do that, you are stopping certain businesses from coming to the Town of Collingwood," he said. "Certain types of businesses, the drive-through is an integral part of their business. I’m a little concerned. It seems to be the environmental strong-arm tactic."

McNabb said they are also a part of the culture. He said he would support a plan that encourages people walk to a restaurant instead of drive, and a ban by 2020.

"If you are looking at it as a holistic approach," McNabb said.

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