Wal-Mart Money Trumps Land Use Process in Bennington, Vermont

Date: 7 Apr 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wal-Mart and an Ohio developer spent heavily and attacked opponents as wealthy elites in a successful campaign to overturn a new law governing large-scale retail stores in the town of Bennington, Vermont. The local ordinance capped retail stores at 75,000 square feet (about one-and-a-half football fields) and required proposals for stores over 30,000 square to pass a community impact review. It was enacted unanimously by the town’s select board in January after three years of extensive review, public meetings and deliberations.… Read More

Big-Box Ballot Initiatives: Wins & Losses

Date: 9 Nov 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Voters in Hudson, Ohio—a community of 23,000 people thirty miles southeast of Cleveland—overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that would have opened the way for big-box stores and allowed developers to skirt the town’s development review process. "We are ecstatic," said Liz Murphy, owner of the Learned Owl bookstore and member of Smart Growth Hudson, a citizens group that formed to defeat the initiative.… Read More

New Report Finds Retail Development Costs Ohio Taxpayers

Date: 1 Oct 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report prepared for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission concludes that retail development costs cities more in public services than it generates in revenue. The report, produced by Randall Gross of Development Economics in Washington, D.C., reviews and summarizes the findings of fiscal impact studies conducted in eight central Ohio communities between 1997 and 2003.… Read More

Cincinnati Planning Department Abolished at Behest of Big Box Developer

Date: 1 Apr 2003 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an effort to reduce a budget deficit and make the city more "developer friendly," in the words of Mayor Charles Luken, Cincinnati has abolished its planning department. Eight staff members and the remnants of the city’s planning activities have been transferred to the community development department. The department will carry out state-mandated functions, such as zoning and historic preservation. Planning will largely be subordinate to economic development. … Read More

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