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Quaint Peterborough bucks car culture, considering outright ban of all drive-through windows

Union Leader Correspondent

January 18. 2018 10:11PM
When Dunkin Donuts converted a former bank building with a drive-through at Routes 202 and 101in Peterborough a few years ago into a new location the drive-through area was converted into employee parking since the town of Peterborough prohibits food establishments from operating drive-throughs. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)

PETERBOROUGH — Planning board members are considering including a ban on all drive-throughs in the final version of a proposed zoning amendment, according to the board chairman.

“The reason is that they are hugely destructive of pedestrian infrastructure,” Planning Board Chairman Ivy Vann said Thursday. “It makes it a place about cars not people.”

Vann said the issue was discussed at Monday night’s planning board meeting, but it has yet to be decided.

Several years ago the town banned drive-throughs for food establishments. However, drive-throughs for banks and pharmacies continued to be allowed.

If the town were to adopt such a ban, a bank or pharmacy would then have to request a variance from the zoning board of adjustment.

Current drive-throughs would be grandfathered, Vann said.

Vann said she supports the across the board ban of all drive-throughs, a ban proposed by the sub-committee while it worked on the amendment for the form based code.

The planning board will hold a final public workshop to review and refine a proposed amendment on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Peterborough Community Theatre. Coffee and doughnuts will be served.

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