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Bank Drive-Throughs on Maryland? Clayton Aldermen Vote Tuesday

They will decide whether to amend the city's regulations to allow developers to propose bank drive-throughs in neighborhood commercial zoning districts.

Should developers be allowed to propose bank drive-throughs near some neighborhoods? That's the question members of the Clayton Board of Aldermen will weigh Tuesday night during a 7 p.m. meeting at .

At a meeting last month, attorney Gary Feder argued Fifth Third Bank and another financial institution should at least have the opportunity to pitch their .

But in order to do that, the city must add a line of text to its code for neighborhood commercial zoning districts permitting "drive through establishments for financial institutions," a memo from City Manager Craig Owens and planning director Susan Istenes states.

Areas that have that type of zoning include Maryland; Clayton Road; DeMun Avenue; and Wydown Boulevard and Hanley Road, Ward 3 aldermen Alex Berger III and Mark Winings stated in an announcement posted to the website of the Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association.

City staff have recommended that aldermen reject the proposal to permit drive-throughs, stating possible concerns for residential neighbors such as noise and light from vehicles.

Also on the agenda Tuesday

  • 6 p.m. joint meeting with Clayton Board of Education to discuss the St. Louis County Library system and the Clayton Recreation, Sports and Wellness Commission, which oversees management of the Center. They'll also review the Center's 2013 budget.
  • Final vote on proposed tax increases for 2013
  • Final vote on proposed 2013 budget
  • Final votes on early retirement programs for uniformed and non-uniformed city employees
  • Review an ordinance about window coverings for vacant storefronts
  • Final vote on the 2013 Center budget

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