The first public debate over whether Sebastopol should ban drive-thru services will come before the Planning Commission tonight.

The City Council has enacted a one-year moratorium on drive-thrus while considering whether to adopt an ordinance that would ban them.

The only project under way that would have drive-thru services is the controversial CVS Pharmacy-Chase Bank branch at the site of the vacant Pellini Chevrolet dealership.

City officials have said the moratorium is not specifically aimed at that project. However, two current council members voted against it and two new council members were strongly opposed during their election campaigns.

The CVS project has the major approvals needed to move forward, but the design of the project could be affected.

The moratorium has prompted a lawsuit against the city by the developer, Armstrong Development Inc.

The Planning Commission is meeting at 7 p.m. in the Sebastopol Youth Annex.

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