Common Misconceptions about Article 29
Doesn’t the Historic Districts Commission already protect Concord Center from formula businesses?
No. The Historic Districts Commission’s (HDC) charge is to ensure the appropriateness of exterior features visible from the public way. Under this set of criteria, Main and Walden Streets could eventually be lined with appropriate-looking formula businesses.
Aren’t small store footprints sufficient deterrents?
No. While small store space may be an indirect deterrent in some cases, there is a growing trend among formula businesses to locate in discreet, smaller spaces. Article 29 offers a direct means by which to manage the numbers of formula businesses in Concord Center and prevent their proliferation.
Can’t the Planning Board deny a formula business now from operating in Concord Center?
No. The Planning Board’s Special Permit process is limited to criteria such as parking, traffic, trash, deliveries, etc. Article 29 would provide an important new planning tool that would allow the Planning Board to regulate the number of formula businesses in Concord Center, and where they are located, in the broader context of how many formula businesses already exist, instead of reviewing applications on a case-by-case basis.