Why all this fuss about stores with larger square footage?
Your question illustrates why you need an impact study. Large retail developments have by far the biggest impact on a community of any kind of building or development.[/quote] And Nanny knows what's best for your little town and we will make those big bad developers go away. Nanny will take care of everything. :roll: What's the matter Mckane the vernal pool bill didn't do enough damage to the construction industry so you're pushing this to finish the job?
What are you talking about. I was not a co-sponsor on that. But if you would like, maybe we can stiffen the law up a little?
[quote]Towns would still have the final say over whether to approve a project. The study itself provides only analysis and data. It's up to town officials to evaluate the information, consider the pluses and minuses, and make their own determination about whether the project would harm the local economy and municipal finances.
Indeed, the Informed Growth Act actually enhances local control.[/quote]
[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=106843&ac=PHedi]More local contorl and better decision making[/url]
All I needed to read from that article Rep. McKane is the following:
[quote]ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stacy Mitchell of Portland is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. [/quote]
I'm glad you are so open minded.
I know you didn't co-sponser the Vernal Pool Bill Mckane , you didn't even read it but I believe you did vote yes to pass it. Mckane is a good example of why the Republican Party in Maine is finished. :roll:
Many manufacturers that are being courted by Maine communities will need large buildings. So will large distribution operations like L.L. Bean. And so will many other types of businesses including -- as the Press Herald must certainly know -- large publishing firms.
So is restricting the size of new buildings the real goal here? Of course not. The real goal is to place as many roadblocks as possible in front of construction of the kind of stores that attract most ordinary Maine shoppers. Doubters have only to turn to the Institute for Self Reliance's web page to discover its agenda.
This shadowy outfit is fighting on many fronts to inhibit retail operations that are enormously popular with the public. Not just "big boxes" but chains like McDonalds and Starbucks are targets as well. Stacy Mitchell travels the country making the Institute's elitist pitch.
The newspaper erred badly in not letting its readers know more about Ms Mitchell or her firm. And her Institute for Self Reliance, which overtoots its own horn on its web site, is particularly weasely in not revealing its financial supporters. We can safely bet, however, they are not friends of Wal-Mart.
[quote="Earl Nickerson . Jr"]I know you didn't co-sponser the Vernal Pool Bill Mckane , you didn't even read it but I believe you did vote yes to pass it.[/quote] Check the roll call, the vote was nearly unanimous.
[quote]Mckane is a good example of why the Republican Party in Maine is finished.[/quote] Just doing my part, Earl old boy. I told you they were saving a seat for me on the other side.
That's not anything to brag about. They will take anyone. Look at the people who have made the move in the past.
[quote="mediadog"] We can safely bet, however, they are not friends of Wal-Mart.[/quote]
Are you a "friend of Wal-Mart," dog?
[quote="Dan Billings"] They will take anyone. [/quote] At least I know I am welcome.
The Institute for Local Self Reliance is in the business of opposing big box stores.
They are as credible a source as the AFL-CIO on union issues.
Yep. I'll be shopping there sometime this week.
But I wish the one near me was larger.
[quote="J. McKane"]At least I know I am welcome.[/quote]
You will be welcome as long as you vote as you are told.
[quote="J. McKane"][quote="Earl Nickerson . Jr"]I know you didn't co-sponser the Vernal Pool Bill Mckane , you didn't even read it but I believe you did vote yes to pass it.[/quote] Check the roll call, the vote was nearly unanimous.
[quote]Mckane is a good example of why the Republican Party in Maine is finished.[/quote] Just doing my part, Earl old boy. I told you they were saving a seat for me on the other side.[/quote]
Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.....
J. McKane: Do you represent the Damariscotta/Bristol/Newcastle area that voted a size limit ordinance last year - specifically to keep WalMart out of the area?
Jonathan B. McKane (R-Newcastle)
Representing: District 51 - Bristol, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Newcastle, South Bristol and Monhegan Plantation
He probally wears that anti Walmart Red cap..
The town listened to the people from AWAY who came to push their anti walmart agenda.
Looking at Maine Indy Media, and following the maine Peas (not peace) and justice website you can see the anti Walmart crew making it's tour of maine, showing it's propaganda on Public Access TV and in Libraries all over this fine state.
Now only will WALMART be effected, distribution centers, such as Hannafords, SHAWS, Cisco Foods, UNUM, and others who wish to build will be effected.
HEY BUSINESS SPEND MORE MONEY at least 40,000 before you locate your jobs here.
EJ...Bingo you get the prize!!!
More regulation however well intention costs Maine citizens more money and drives up the cost of doing business, and who is affected, the consumers in the price of goods and services.
[quote="mediadog"]Yep. I'll be shopping there sometime this week.
I might shop there today. I am also a friend of Wal-Mart. Like "big government" though, I just don't trust them 100%.
[quote="Dan Billings"][quote="J. McKane"]At least I know I am welcome.[/quote]
You will be welcome as long as you vote as you are told.[/quote]
That could be a problem. Wouldn't there at least be a honeymoon period?
The honeymoon would end as soon as you showed independent judgment.
[quote="J. McKane"][quote="mediadog"]Yep. I'll be shopping there sometime this week.
I might shop there today. I am also a friend of Wal-Mart. Like "big government" though, I just don't trust them 100%.[/quote]
Lack of trust? I don't get it. You didn't trust Wal-Mart to do what if it located in Damariscotta or Newcastle?
BTW, I drove into Damariscotta via Business Rt. 1 the other day just to reconfirm my assessment of your small town urban sprawl. It is not very pretty.
The businesses along that road have to locate somewhere, but they could have been persuaded to improve their community by dressing up their property. I can see no evidence they have tried. Drive along Rt. 1 in Falmouth, which is also a business route, and see how some imaginative landscaping can improve even a commercial neighborhood.
Perhaps Damariscotta should have concentrated on this, lest tourists who leave the picturesque downtown be shocked by their sudden emergence into unrelieved business sprawl. That might have been more productive to the community's reputation then fighting Wal-Mart -- which, incidentally, has a store on the above-mentioned stretch of Rt. 1 in Falmouth.
To the UBER-Liberal, Anti-Businessman known as J MacKane:
the intent of the bill "..build a large-scale retail development that is larger than 75,000.." as defined, from outter wall to outter wall, so it includes warehouse space, and garden center space, could easily be changed to include all structures.
Err, this is not good for business.
It is a town by town issue, but this bill takes the power away from a town, with the 5 mile rule. so neighboring town is included in this bill.
MAINE HOW BUSINESS IS NOT.
Take a very liberal judge, and retailer could be defined under this bill, as an insurance company, or other technology company.
However no one screams when CHIWANKI foundation makes a BIG CAMP area, or school area.. Nope, only when retail operations wish to reach more customers.
A town can set limits as your town has, yet those who drink the KOOL-AID are listening to UNION THUGS sent in to speak here and there about the "Evils" of these stores, which provide several of my family members with very good living, and keep money in my and others pockets by providing goods at reasonable prices.
Sam Walton is a great American.
Wal-mart already has stores all over Maine. This is a bill, essentially then becomes an effort to protect Wal-Mart from competition now. Do the Ds realize that?
Good point media dog.
That was a time kill my family used to do driving route 1 from Bath to Balfast each easter.
Count how many dead broken down buildings, cars on Blocks, and other fine appalachia items we could find, on that tourist trap roadway.
I guess I never thought of Gee let's go do a town such as damarascottia for any reason, they are now bi-passed anyway.
they used to have a cool reversing fall in the down town, but other than that, it is more fun to Barrel through the around town bi-pass and not see the businesses in the tiny market place.