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Tuolumne County Supervisors Limit Big Boxes

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard from the public on the issue of restricting construction on the “Big Box” stores.

Public reaction was strongly in favor of the ordinance under consideration which would generally limit the construction of so-called “Big Box” stores to buildings up to 60 thousand square feet in area.

Many folks mentioned a dislike for such massive department stores, saying they eliminate competition and take jobs away from small-town businesses. One woman summarized her comments by saying “we´re not saying ‘Don´t Come´, we´re saying ‘Come, but fit into our community.´”

In addition, the ordinance doesn´t completely block future applications for buildings larger than 60-thousand square feet, but such applications would have to be considered by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

Another bill involving developers and development project definitions was tabled until the February 17th meeting.