Sandpoint looking at banning drive-throughs - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Sandpoint looking at banning drive-throughs

SANDPOINT, Idaho. - Residents in the northern Idaho city of Sandpoint might have to start waving bye bye to drive-through businesses.

A proposal to prohibit drive-through services recently passed the city's planning and zoning commission and goes before the city council in May.

If approved the ordinance would regulate drive-through restaurants, banks, coffee shops, pharmacies, dry cleaners and other businesses that cater to customers in cars.

Existing drive-through businesses would be allowed to continue but not rebuild.

City officials say the proposed change is one of many being considered as part of a strategy to handle new growth and reflect the city's recently completed comprehensive plan.

Opponents say the drive-through ban will hurt the economy.

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