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One Vote Left for Proposed Citywide Ban of New Drive-Throughs in Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis could achieve another first of land use regulation next week if the City Council votes to prohibit the construction of all drive-through facilities in the entire city.
August 4, 2019, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"With a unanimous committee vote Thursday, the Minneapolis City Council moved one step closer to banning new drive-through facilities at fast-food restaurants, banks and other businesses," reports Miguel Otárola.

"City Council President Lisa Bender proposed the ban last year to cut down on vehicle noise, idling and traffic and to make sidewalks safer for pedestrians," adds Otárola. "While new drive-throughs are already prohibited in 17 of the city’s 23 zoning districts, this policy would extend the ban to include the remaining areas, which include industrial and some commercial districts."

The City Council will consider the ordinance on August 8. The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, approved by the city in 2018, directed the city to ban new drive-throughs and gas stations.

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Published on Thursday, August 1, 2019 in Star Tribune
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