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Will Town Meeting Allow Drive-Thrus?

One resident came before the Planning Board last week with a citizen's petition that would allow drive-thru restaurants along Littleton Road if approved by Town Meeting.

 

At last week's Planning Board meeting, Westford resident Andre Lagasse presented a citizen's petition for the Oct. 15 Fall Town Meeting warrant asking for a change in Westford's zoning laws to allow drive-thru restaurants in land parcels zoned "Commercial Highway."

Currently, the only Commercial Highway zoned land parcels in Westford exist along the Littleton Road corridor.

The ban arose in the 1990s and remained despite a warrant article hoping to overturn it failed in 1998.

Lagasse cited health issues for his petition, noting that slipped on the pavement during a winter day when he was trying to get coffee, and that he would not have done so if he had been able to purchase the coffee from his truck.

He also noted that other senior citizens like himself have had issues with walking into fast food restaurants during inclement weather.

At last night's Board of Selectmen meeting, Selectman Bob Jefferies said the original prohibition came due excessive trash coming from fast food restaurants using drive-thrus while Selectman Jim Sullivan said he disagreed with the rule on the basis that it was inconvenient to families.

The Planning Board opted to continue the hearing until Oct. 1, but today we want your opinion: should Westford allow restaurants to have drive-thru windows?

CORRECTION AND CLARIFICATION: The petitioner's name is Andre, not Andrew. Also, the drive thru prohibition is just for restaurants.

don October 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
i think it is the right thing to do. do it for the elders and disabled
joseph mcgruff October 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Steve and Cynthia you can watch Mass on the Cathoic Channel and Colonial Spirits in Acton will deliver...All elders, disabled and parents with kids should be locked inside their hospices, wheelchairs and mobile homes forever
concernedresident March 19, 2013 at 08:10 PM
We already have drive thru ATMs and bank windows. How is a restaurant different?
Sam March 19, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Because to the straw hats a bank is not the great satan... McDonalds.
concernedresident March 19, 2013 at 08:29 PM
:)

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