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City Votes to Control Big Box Stores

Lynchburg, VA approved a new regulation to control big box development in their city earlier this week, despite protests that it would hurt the economy of the area.

"Under the new ordinance, big-box stores will remain an automatically acceptable or 'by-right' land use in properly zoned areas provided that they meet a series of new standards.

Requirements include making provisions for mass transit access; building a connected system of external sidewalks and internal walkways; and employing a more environmentally friendly system of stormwater management that allows at least 25 percent of all water to return directly to the soil."

Full Story: City Council passes big-box ordinance

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