Why Article 29 is the only Town measure that can do this job.
Wouldn’t expanding tourism be a more positive solution?
While efforts to expand tourism should be encouraged, and will likely benefit our business community, bringing in greater numbers of tourists and visitors will not prevent the incremental spread of formula businesses in the center.
The Historic Districts Commission (HDC) is not enough.
The HDC’s authority is limited to ensuring the appropriateness of exterior features seen from the public way. Under the HDC’s purview, Concord Center could ultimately end up with rows of appropriately-looking formula businesses populating Main and Walden Streets. It might look the same, but would it be?
Store size limits are not enough.
Article 29 does not have a size limit, although other Concord Bylaws do. Such size restrictions may indirectly deter some formula businesses. However, there is a growing trend among formula businesses to locate in discreet, smaller spaces. Article 29 offers a direct means by which to prevent excessive numbers of formula businesses in Concord Center in the future.
Tourism is not enough.
While efforts to expand tourism should be encouraged, and will likely benefit our business community, bringing in greater numbers of tourists and visitors will not prevent the incremental spread of formula businesses in the center. Many towns on the Cape, as well as elsewhere in the country, have enacted Formula Business Bylaws to preserve their town’s unique appeal as a destination point in order to continue to attract tourists.
The Planning Board’s current process is not enough.
The Planning Board’s current case-by-case decision-making process leaves the Town open to the creeping spread of formula businesses. Article 29 would provide the Planning Board with a broader context in the initial phases of the process.