A recent report by Citizens at City Hall (CATCH) casts some serious questions about how the municipal government operates. According to the report, Tim McCabe, the new manager for the department of planning and economic development (EcDev), won't even consider a ban on drive-throughs for at least a year, even, apparently, if directed to do so by council.
"I can tell you I am not in favour of the city-wide ban on drive-thrus," Tim McCabe told the planning committee yesterday. "It will have to be selective if we go at all."
He said the change would require an official plan policy preceded by a review of principles that the staff will be undertaking as part of their schedule to complete a new official plan by the spring of 2009.
McCabe was responding to a query from Brian McHattie for an update on a motion adopted by the committee in May at his urging which stated "that staff be directed to review the possibility of a City-wide prohibition on drive-thrus, through zoning or other by-laws, including the implications of such a prohibition, and to report back to committee."
But McCabe says "there is not going to be a separate report" because of the need to change the official plan. He declared that "it is the nature of business to have drive-thrus" and any further restrictions would require "policy strengths" similar to those used to support and existing ban in the downtown area.
So, just who governs this city, anyway? The elected councillors or city staff?
(Thanks to Nicholas Kevlahan for drawing my attention to this report.)
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