The firm has successfully lobbied for land use regulations to limit the adverse impacts of big box retail in Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., Baltimore City, and Prince George’s County.
Montgomery County now regulates retail based on size and specifically regulates Combination Retail stores, which include a certain percentage of the use as a food and beverage component. The threshold for a Combination Retail store in Montgomery County is 65,000 square feet. Combination Retail stores are permitted only as a conditional use (special exception) in four zoning districts.
Washington, D.C. now requires a special exception for large format stores larger than 50,000 square feet.
Baltimore City now requires a special exception for all big box stores over 75,000 square feet and requires, as part of the special exception process, that a finding be made that the proposed store will not have an undue adverse economic impact on the community.
Prince George’s County now requires a special exception for certain big box stores over 75,000 square feet.