Ottawa city council moves to ban future drive thrus
Ottawa city council is moving to ban the building of any new drive thrus in parts of the city to help protect the city's core, as well as its quant villages.
The push to limit drive thrus is a move brought forward by the city's former director of planning, who says the city should limit drive thrus all together.
"It doesn't matter if you live downtown or live in the suburbs, there's no reason to use a drive thru," said Dennis Jacobs.
Under the plan, any future drive thrus will be banned on main streets in the city's core, as well as rural villages.
Coun. Peter Hume says the ban is about creating strong streetscapes and areas where people are encouraged to walk.
"We don't want to break them up with drive thrus, when what should go there are things that are walkable," said Hume.
However, not everyone feels the same way. While many residents told CTV Ottawa the convenience is something they don't want to lose, others said drive-thrus are unnecessary.
"They're quick. They're good," said one resident.
"I think it's just sheer laziness, basically. You just don't have to get out of your vehicle," said another.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's John Hua