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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Two Big-Box Decisions Show How Smart Planning Policies Protect Good Jobs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/smart-planning-policies-protect-good-jobs-cities-vote-big-boxes/

Although few cities take full advantage of them, planning and zoning powers are among the most potent tools communities have for shaping their economies. Two recent decisions, in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, underscore why land use planning matters and how smart policies can strengthen the local economy and protect good jobs. Continue reading

Towards a Localist Policy Agenda
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2013

Towards a Localist Policy Agenda

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/localist-policy-agenda/

To regenerate local businesses, we’ll need more than Buy Local campaigns; we’ll need to change public policy, which now favors big business. In this presentation, Stacy Mitchell looks at seven key policy areas to focus on. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2012

Store Size Caps

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/store-size-caps/

Dozens of communities, recognizing that their local economies can absorb only so much new retail without causing numerous existing businesses to close, have enacted zoning rules that prohibit stores over a certain size. Store size caps help to sustain the vitality of small-scale, pedestrian-oriented business districts, which in turn nurture local business development. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2012

Development Moratorium – Tacoma, WA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/development-moratoria/development-moratorium-tacoma-wa/

On August 30, 2011, the Tacoma City Council adopted an emergency moratorium that prohibits the permitting of retail sales establishments with a floor area greater than 65,000 square feet in size within the city. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Economic Impact Review – California (proposed)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/economic-impact-review/3177-2/

In September 2011, the California Legislature pased a bill requiring cities and counties to have an economic impact analysis prepared before deciding whether to approve an application to develop a large superstore. The legislation defines a superstore as a retail store of at least 90,000 square feet that devotes 10 percent or more of its space to groceries. The law lists a range of impacts that the study must assess and quantify.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2011

Development Moratoriums

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/development-moratoria/

In most states, cities can enact a moratorium on commercial development, provided that the moratorium promotes valid public purposes, is limited in duration, and is used for planning. A number of communities have temporarily suspended large-scale retail development in order to allow time to consider the impacts of superstores and to revise the local comprehensive… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2010

Formula Business Restriction – San Francisco, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2321-2/

Throughout most of the city, including all of San Francisco’s Neighborhood Commercial Districts, formula retail stores and restaurants are considered conditional uses. This means they must be approved by the Planning Commission on a case-by-case basis. In evaluating whether to grant a permit for a formula business, the Planning Commission considers several criteria, including the existing concentration of formula  businesses within the neighborhood, whether similar goods or services are already available, and the balance of neighborhood-serving versus citywide- or regional-serving businesses. In additional, formula retail and restaurant uses are prohibited outright in several neighborhoods. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2009

Economic Impact Review

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/economic-impact-review/

States and municipalities have long evaluated the impact that large retail development projects may have on such things as traffic and the environment.  Some are now adopting policies that require that the economic and fiscal impact of these developments be considered as well.(Economic impacts include the effect on local businesses, jobs, and wages.  Fiscal impact… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2009

Formula Business Restriction – McCall, ID

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2863-2/

In 2006, McCall, Idaho, enacted an ordinance that limits formula restaurants to only 10% of the total number of restaurants and limits formula retail businesses to no more than 10% of the total number of "like businesses" in town.  Continue reading