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Councillor concerned about drive-thrus

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At least one Kelowna City Councillor hopes the issue of drive-thrus is brought up during the Official Community Plan review which is underway.

Norm Letnick brought up drive-thrus Monday, asking that Council at some point debate the topic.

Letnick says he would like the issue to become part of the OCP review to see if there is still a place for drive-thrus of any kind.

"We're a City that wants to be one of the best mid-size Cities in the country. Personally, for environmental reasons, I think I am going to have to be more disciplined myself, because I think it's better to get out of the car and go inside," says Letnick.

"I can understand there are issues with banks because they're not open all these hours like restaurants, but if it would be possible to put that on the OCP agenda, I would appreciate that."

Mayor Sharon Shepherd, indicated if that issue does come up through the community process, it's a debate Council will certainly engage in.

Letnick also asked about the rationale behind limiting drive-thrus to the Highway 97 corridor?

City Manager, Ron Mattiussi, says the decision was pedestrian driven.

"When you look at a gas station, a pedestrian has to walk through the drive lanes to get to the McDonalds let's say," says Mattiussi.

"We felt that in town centres, the pedestrian should take precedence, so we took drive-thrus out."

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