Stockbridge schedules public hearing for proposed small box discount store ordinance

The city of Stockbridge will hold a public hearing during its meeting on Monday, July 8, at 6:00 pm to receive comments regarding a proposed zoning code text amendment concerning small box discount stores. The proposed amendment would prohibit new stores within one mile of existing locations.

The proposed amendment defines Small Box Discount Stores as follows:

A retail store (a) with floor area less than 12,000 square feet (b) that primarily offers for sale a combination and variety of convenience shopping goods and consumer shopping goods; and (c) continuously offers and advertises a majority of the items in their inventory for sale at a price less than $10.00 per item. Small Box Discount Store shall not include the following: drug stores or convenience stores attached to or collocated with gas stations. (Proposed Stockbridge Ordinance July 8, 2019)

The proposed amendment states the following:

To avoid over-concentration, a small box discount store must be separated from another small box discount store within or outside the City by a minimum distance of 5,280 feet. The required separation distance must be measured in a straight line from the nearest point on the lot line of the property occupied by a small box discount store to the nearest point on a lot line of the other property occupied by a small box discount store. (Proposed Stockbridge Ordinance July 8, 2019)

Presently, there are seven stores within the Stockbridge area that could be considered small box discount stores. This does not include any locations under construction.

Residents wishing to make comments on the proposed ordinance are encouraged to attend Monday night’s meeting and speak during the public hearing. Meetings are held at Stockbridge city hall on North Henry Blvd.

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