The borough of St. Laurent will no longer allow drive-through restaurants and other businesses to set up shop on their territory in residential sectors.
Borough mayor Alan DeSousa defends the new bylaw.
"We simply want to make sure that our residential neighbourhoods remain residential neighbourhoods: open to people who want to walk, who want to bike, to make sure security measures are in place," DeSousa said.
DeSousa said they just want to make sure their residents don't suffer the impact of drive-thrus: car lineups, noise and air pollution, traffic. And he said while the bylaw affects the 30% of the borough which is residential....
"Over 70% of our territory is industrial and open for business," DeSousa told CJAD 800 News.
But who wants to open a drive-through restaurant in an area that's deserted after work hours and on weekends, said Jean Lefebvre of the restaurants association Restaurants Canada.
He said such a bylaw drives away investment and job creation.
"We have a member that has two restaurants with no drive-thru and wants to build one in the residential park. It's a million dollar investment," Lefebvre said.
"We cannot be your partner one day and pay $400,000 a year in taxes in the borough, be your partner one day and be your enemy the next day. This is unacceptable."
Lefebvre said drive-thrus provide a practical service for working parents, the elderly and the disabled, especially in the winter.
DeSousa said existing drive-thrus won't be affected.
The bylaw should officially come into effect in July after going through council next month.