Citizens in Charlevoix, Michigan, Block Wal-Mart, Win Size Limits

Date: 31 May 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Grassroots groups that form to fight big-box development proposals often dissolve after winning or losing on that particular project. But a citizens group in Charlevoix, Michigan, called This is Our Town, kept on working. Now, one year after successfully pressuring Wal-Mart to drop plans for a supercenter, the group is celebrating new zoning rules that will limit future big-box development. … Read More

San Luis Obispo Voters Reject Massive Big-Box Center

Date: 28 Apr 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Voters in San Luis Obispo, California, have defeated a 650,000-square-foot big-box shopping center.

The Marketplace project, which included a Target, Lowe’s, Whole Foods, Old Navy, Circuit City, and several other chains, was to be built on 130 acres of prime farmland at the gateway to the city. San Luis Obispo has a population of 45,000 and is located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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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

Madison Limits Footprint of Big-Box Stores

Date: 4 Apr 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By an 18-1 vote, the City Council in Madison, Wisconsin, endorsed a measure that would limit retail stores to a footprint of no more than 100,000 square feet. Stores may be larger if they are multi-story or have structured or underground parking. A 100,000-square-foot store covers about the same land area as two football fields and typically requires at least twice as much land for the parking lot.… Read More

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