Area Development: Gaining Community Approval for Your Next Big-Box Project
6 Sep 2022
It’s no secret companies are finding it more difficult to locate big-box distribution centers at desired strategic areas and sites. Elongated planning and zoning permitting review timelines, political pressure from elected officials and citizens criticizing the quality of jobs and increased traffic, and restrictive ordinances and technical standards targeting distribution facilities are all challenges that companies face.
Local governments push back on the location of big-box distribution centers in their communities for a number of reasons. Limited land availability within a community’s tax boundaries — specifically limited industrially zoned land — puts pressure on local governments to create restrictions against distribution projects in an effort to attract projects with larger taxable investments and a greater number of higher-paying jobs.