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Big box annex?

WA Planner

I heard an interesting idea recently: For each permitted big box retailer permitted outside urban areas, make a requirement to either; a) pay into a downtown redevelopment fund, or more interesting, b) open a small percentage of floor area, perhaps 3 percent, as an annex downtown. I'm certain such an ordinance would not stand up to legal challenge, but it would be another strategy to address the impacts of sprawl.

mike gurnee

Interesting ideas, though I don't understand b). One town I worked in convinced the hospital and near town mall to be contributing members of the main street organization ($1,000 a year). Whether or not you can force a contribution depends on your state legislation and your courts (after you convince the local government to try it).