New Rules for Drive-Throughs in Ottawa

New Rules for Drive-Throughs

Josh Pringle

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The City of Ottawa is amending its Official Plan to ban drive-through facilities in the Central Area and in villages.

A report for the Planning and Environment Committee is recommending Council approve the amendment that states "drive-through facilities will not generally be permitted" in the Central Area or in the commercial core of villages or on village mainstreets.

The report says “drive-through facilities are not considered to be appropriate in the Central Area and Village Mainstreets and Cores where such uses would interfere with the intended function and form of these designations”, which encourages a pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

Staff say the amendment will prohibit drive-through facilities in these designations unless certain criteria can be met, which will be required to go through concurrent Zoning By-Law amendment and a Site Plan Control Approval process.

The amendment says “Within the Central Area, Zoning Bylaw amendments for new drive-through facilities will not be permitted at locations where they would interfere with the intended function and form of the Central area designation.” Drive-through facilities will “not be permitted on Village Mainstreets or in Village commercial cores” in order to “protect and enhance the pedestrian environment.”

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