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Close the Loophole: Big Box / Supercenter Community Process Austin City Council December 14, 2006.


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Close the Loophole: Big Box / Supercenter Community Process Austin City Council December 14, 2006 How We Got Here A long deliberative process, with many opportunities for input and amendments:  Two-year community process  Broad public endorsement
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Close the Loophole: Big Box/Supercenter Community Process Austin City Council December 14, 2006

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How We Got Here A long deliberative procedure, with numerous open doors for info and corrections:  Two-year group process  Broad open support  City audit: 14 months, consistent endorsement  Planning Commission: consistent regard City Council: December 14, 2006 vote

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Supercenter Community Process: Simple and Clear For 100,000 sq. ft. enormous box/supercenter, the mandate: Ensures an open listening to Expands the general population notification extent to incorporate all enrolled neighborhood relationship inside of one mile of the venture Requires a Conditional Use Permit ONE PUBLIC HEARING, ONE-MILE NOTICE, WITH A CLEAR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT PROCESS

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Close the Supercenter Loophole Under current code, a 24-hour 250,000 square-foot supercenter with zoning and more than 20 sections of land of cleared stopping, can be legitimately constructed with no open procedure  under the same zoning standards as a 2,000 square-foot mother and-pop store. Conventional Store Supercenters Size: 2000 sq. ft. 200,000 sq. ft+ Impacts: minimal traffic, wrongdoing, more Notice: 300 ft. 300 ft. Hearing: None None

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Supercenter size = Super effects The city code escape clause doesn’t represent supercenters with structures as vast as four football fields.

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Notice for Supercenter Projects is Inadequate Example: Northcross Mall site Supercenter effect zone: 1.5 mile sweep Approximate territory: 7.0 sq mi. Current notification necessity: 300 feet. Estimated territory: 0.07 sq mi. The supercenter would influence a zone 100 times greater than the present notification necessity. Proposed statute notification necessity: 1 mile Approximate range: 3.1 sq mi.

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Impacts of superstore improvement Size does make a difference: Hard actualities about financial effects Big Boxes don't expand deals charges. Retail action is an outcome, not a reason for development. Enormous Box = Bigger expenses to urban communities: More movement Increased open security expenses Increased road and street upkeep expenses Increased water and sewer base Higher social expenses for low wage, uninsured representatives. Huge Box mainstream stores keep less cash in Austin.

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Supercenters Produce More Traffic City of Austin 2004 activity study : shopping centers produce 27.6 treks (VTD*) per 1,000 sq. ft. Enormous boxes produce 43.6 outings (VTD*) per 1,000 sq. ft. Huge boxes produce 58% more activity than shopping centers of tantamount size. *VTD - vehicle trips every day

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Supercenters Attract More Crime City of Austin 2004 study: shopping centers draw in 0.42 law violations for every 1,000 sq ft. Enormous boxes draw in 0.82 unlawful acts for each 1,000 sq ft. Huge boxes draw in about twice as much wrongdoing as shopping centers of tantamount size.

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Supercenters Return Less to the Local Economy Chicago 2004 study: Compared ten gatherings of nearby retailers to practically identical mainstream stores. Nearby: $100 spent  $68 in neighborhood monetary action. Chains: $100 spent  $43 in nearby monetary movement. Popular stores return 37% less dollars to the neighborhood economy than nearby organizations.

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Leading Cities are Forcefully Addressing Supercenter Impacts Capping Store Size , essentially bans, are set up or proposed in 23 US urban areas including Madison, Wi. Equation Business Restrictions are set up or proposed in 18 U.S. urban areas including San Francisco and Chicago. Monetary/Community Impact Reviews are set up or proposed in no less than 10 U.S. urban areas including Los Angeles and the States of California, New Jersey and Vermont. Austin’s Proposed Supercenter Community Process: Reasonable and Fair

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Process Opponent’s Red Herrings Popularity Contest - Conditional Use Permits set a typical standard for all organizations. Elitist - Nothing elitist about needing to have a voice in real activities that will influence you're home and job. An excess of Hearings - If zoning is set up, no listening to or open procedure are obliged now, just city staff approbation. Drive Out Big Boxes - Austin has many enormous box stores indistinguishable to others crosswise over area. Business takes after housetops - clients and pay arrive.

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Widespread Support for a Supercenter Community Process  Austin Independent Business Alliance (325 organizations representing more than 6,000 representatives)  Austin Neighborhoods Council  Austin Central Labor Council  American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 1624  The Austin Area Human Services Association (65 part associations)  Liveable City  Over 100 individual group pioneers

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Close the Loophole: Pass the Supercenter Community Process Close the code escape clause making group strife. Equalization the hobbies of inhabitants, neighborhood business, and business designers for the benefit of all. Make the open door for dialog to enhance group outline, arranging, and neighborhoods. Ensure Austin’s extraordinary brand and our f