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PTC may go back to big box limits; 1 goal would be protection of smaller stores

Peachtree City may be going back to a firm size cap on the largest-sized retail stores that will be allowed by city ordinance.

Such a “big box” ordinance would contrast to the city’s current method of regulating the size of stores and shopping centers. Currently the city allows developers a size of up to 32,000 square feet for an individual store and no more than 150,000 square feet total for one single shopping center.

But under the current guidelines a developer can petition for a larger sized store or development by securing special permission from the City Council via a special use permit.

A new application of fixed size caps on stores and developments was discussed briefly by the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night, but a concrete proposal is still in the works by city planning staff.

Community Development Director David Rast told the commission that such a new ordinance could break down size maximums based on the use of a particular store.

Grocery stores, he noted, are among the city’s largest stores, but the biggest big box honor goes to the Walmart at 218,000 square feet, with the city’s Target store is in second place at 124,000 square feet.

Rast said council has requested staff to look into this ordinance change, which would be aimed at protecting the retail tenants who are already located in the city, as super-sized stores can “kind of suck the life out of some smaller tenants, causing them to go under.”

The city also needs to have restrictions that would keep a shopping center with smaller tenants, such as the Aberdeen and Willowbend shopping centers, from being redeveloped in the future with new stores that are drastically larger in size.

Staff is looking into applying the size limits on land zoned both general commercial and limited use commercial.

Such an ordinance with hard and fast size limits for stores and shopping centers would take any decisions out of council’s hands unless a variance is sought. Under city ordinance, council has final say on all variance matters.

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PTC Observer's picture

Good to worry about big box size limits, but our city "leadership" had better worry more about empty boxes and what PTC will do with all of them.

PTC is creating a business "unfriendly" environment. Instead of managing growth PTC has created the perception of no growth. This is a big mistake if the city wants a diverse and strong tax base to support the costs associated with the amenities that PTC has become famous for.

PTCcpa

YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE CURRENT FOLKS ARE OUT BEFORE YOU SEE ANY MOVIN AND GROVIN ON THIS SUBJECT. THEY WANT US TO KEEP LIVING UNDER THAT BUBBLE LIKE THE ONE AT THE POOL WE CAN'T AFORD EITHER.

Who Cares? If you want a Big Box you drive a little west into Coweta. Now eat this: Your Repug Hse, Sen, & Gov have decided that a T-SPLOSH is how to fund transportation issues. To you anti-Mass Trans, means Fayette is in Metro ATL & your 1% is going to be spent across the line in Flint Rivers. Good job Mitch, you worried about what matters where you can carry yo' gun. OH, you live on the otherside of the line. But you got our Fayette Co vote because you are a stand up Repub, fisical consevative, anti-crime, kinda guy. Keep always voting the party. Go head vote for AnyDeal. Vote for a Cobb Comish for Atty Gen that bought 2 jackasses for a living farm that doesn't exist. Vote for a Lt. Gov that has been part of a corrupt Sen (read Glen Richardson & AnyDeal). Vote for an Insurance Comish that has..what ties to the industry? Vote Republican..it's worked for you so far. Right on to the top w/ Duby Bush who got us into alot of this mess.

DON'T VOTE, THAT'S YOUR ANSWER? WHY DON'T YOU TRY RUNNING SINCE YOU KNOW IT ALL.

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yellowjax1212's picture

Why are focused on restricting Big Box stores (sounds like Haddix at it again)?
There are only a couple of more places that a Big Box could be built before build out. Unless we annex and we know that aint gonna happen under this administration. And the chances of someone re-developing an existing center is not likely.
Why can't we just deal with each one in a profession and business-like manner?
Guidelines are good but fixed caps are too restrictive.
We are not going to attract new business if we don't get "lookers" and if we appear to be anti-business, we will drive the "lookers" away.

Trying to put the genie back in the bottle...??

Just wonderin' ??

CarDealer's picture

Way too late brilliant PTC government! The horse is already out of the barn! Oh, but you knew that didn't you? So what other ideas are you guys working on??

I'm just say'n

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