AB 667 (Hernandez; D – West Covina) – commonly referred to as the “Big Box Ban Bill,” creates another layer of bureaucracy for local governments by requiring projects defined as “Superstores” to obtain redundant economic impact and community impact reports before receiving approval.

These reports go above and beyond the significant requirements already required by state law, which currently provides for extensive public input and local decision-making. This bill has the potential to create significant delays in the local planning and approval process, tying-up local government resources and delaying job creation and projects desired by communities.  We oppose this measure.

In 2011, Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill, stating “While I recognize that the merits of large-scale projects need to be carefully considered, plenty of laws are already on the books that enable, and in some cases require, cities and counties to carefully assess whether these projects are in the community’s best interest. This bill would add yet another layer of review to an already cumbersome process.”

We wholeheartedly agree with Governor Brown on this issue.

It is set for May 1 in the Assembly Local Government Committee.  CBPA, along with a large coalition of interested groups, will be there to oppose.

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