No more new drive-thrus near homes in St. Laurent

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.

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  1. Brad posted on 05/08/2014 01:43 PM
    Where was Mr. DeSousa when Coderre announced he wanted more flights over the islsand?. I'll GLADLY take fast food joints over the loud noise of an airplane.
  2. 1mohawkview posted on 05/09/2014 01:19 PM
    This DeSousa should be thrown out of office.
    We are over 3 billion dollars in debt and he wants to put restrictions on businesses. Just like he is doing with Sammy Fruits. You have a hard working business man bringing in tax dollars to your city, and you want to restrict him down to 15% ? Besides this? All this for DeSousas plans and dreams?
    DeSousa should start working for the people and not only his dreams.
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