Drive-thru ban proposal to go before Minneapolis City Planning Commission

May 16, 2019 06:52 AM

We use them for our banking purposes, to order coffee and food, and even to pick up prescriptions but now, a proposal is surfacing in Minneapolis to halt the addition of new drive-thrus.

Minneapolis City Council members say they have been working on the drive-thru ban for the past three years.


The ban would apply only to new development; existing businesses would be exempt.

Thursday, the city's planning commission will discuss the proposal and what those in favor of the proposal hope it addresses, including environmental concerns, noise issues and pedestrian safety.

Some residents support the drive-thru ban.

"I think that's a good idea," Mike Mossow said. "It will cut down on some of the emissions and the traffic in certain areas. You don't really need them. I like to sit down, myself. We were just at this restaurant here and it brings people together more."

Others say they don't believe it will make a difference and that city leaders are overstepping.

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous," Timothy Rousu said. "I really don't think there is going to be much of a difference driving through for three minutes than sitting at a stop light."

The planning commission is set to vote on the proposal next month. Then, the proposal would head to a committee hearing before it would go to a full city council vote.

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