Drive-thru bylaw gets third reading

Mission council unanimously approved third reading for a new zone that permits drive-thrus

Council approved third reading of a bylaw Monday to allow drive-thrus in a newly created zone around the Lougheed Highway.

The unanimous vote was made after a public hearing, which only drew two speakers to the microphone to share their views.

The proposal is to create a Commercial Highway Two zone to allow new developments to include drive-thru restaurants as a permitted use.

Cory Cassel said the change shows Mission is open for business in a responsible manner.

Former councillor Mike Scudder, who was on the council which brought in a ban on future drive-thrus, noted the issue has evolved and he never saw drive-thrus as a “great evil.” He agreed they should only be placed along auto-oriented corridors.

Coun. Nelson Tilbury said the last bylaw was punitive to businesses and residents, while Coun. Larry Nundal said the change will give people a choice, especially for those driving around with small children.