Development Moratorium – Tacoma, WA

On August 30, 2011, the Tacoma City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28014, which put in place an emergency moratorium that prohibits the filing or acceptance of applications for land use, building or other development permits associated with the establishment, location, or permitting of retail sales establishments with a floor area greater than 65,000 square feet in size within the city. As stated in the ordinance, the purpose of the moratorium is to allow time for the City to review and consider whether City’s code should be amended to address the impacts, particularly economic, environmental and social, and/or to provide mitigation requirements for large retail sales establishments.

Additional information on the moratorium can be found here.

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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which produces research and designs policy to counter concentrated corporate power and strengthen local economies.

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