Other Cities Copying Turlock's Wal-Mart Ban Ordinance
The Central Valley city of Turlock's recent court victory over retail giant Wal-Mart is generating nationwide interest. The city is being inundated with requests for copies of the ordinance that has kept big-box stores at bay.
Monday, January 3, 2005
Interest in the ordinance from around the country was re-kindled when a Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge last month upheld Turlock’s law banning big box stores within the city limits. Turlock planning manager Michael Cooke says the city had to come up with a solution because they weren’t able to keep up with requests for copies of the ordinance. COOKE :12—We have received a lot of phone calls from people all over the country. So many requests for information that we actually we put all the information about the ordinance on the city’s website so that people could get access to it directly. The law bans construction of “discount superstores” of more than 100-thoasnad square feet that have grocery departments. Turlock officials believe there’s a lot of interest in the ordinance because there many communities that want to keep Wal-Mart or other retailers from building large stores. A spokesman for Wal-Mart says the company hasn’t yet made a decision on whether to appeal the Superior Court decision. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.