“The Board of Supervisors is poised to approve interim zoning rules that would force large retail stores or chain stores to secure a conditional use permit before opening a location along the [Bayshore Boulevard] corridor.”
Temporary restrictions to be placed on big box stores on Bayshore Boulevard [Examiner]
Interim Zoning Controls for the Bayshore Corridor [sfbos.org]
Lowe’s Has Finalized A Lease And Broken Ground On Bayshore [SocketSite]

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  1. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    This rule change seems to be directed at big box mainly and not so much against chains. Though most big boxes are also chains.
    I wonder if this is to appease Bernal residents who opposed Lowes. So the city gets its mega HW store tax revenue and the neighborhood puts the brakes on increasing traffic brought in by the big box parking lots. A win-win ?

  2. Posted by tipster

    No. This is to make sure that the big box stores come in and spread money into reelection campaign coffers to assure themselves of getting the permits.
    Someone too tight fisted will find the permit process very lengthy and nearly impossible. Once their wallets open up, things will slide along like greased lightening.
    The civil servants will go along with this and make life impossible for the stores for whom they haven’t received a call from the supes because it is the supes protecting the civil servants’ raises and pensions (using your money).
    So you see? Everyone wins! Except you.

  3. Posted by curmudgeon

    Tipster has jumped the shark.

  4. Posted by stucco-sux

    The bored of stupes. They just sit there on their asses, doing nothing expect passing meaningless resolutions and reacting to what other people try to do. They are anti-everything, and for nothing except finding new ways to milk us for money.

  5. Posted by Mole Man

    There seems to be a larger issue in that there is little or no agreement in what factors might contribute to making the area into the kind of place that nearby residents would prefer, or even what characteristics such a place would have. One of the advantages of committing to area plans is that people have to hash out rules pertaining to a vision in advance so that individual developers and operators don’t get trapped by political maneuvering.
    Supervisors are an easy target. More complex is understanding how their context makes them behave as they do. They are elected, so all it takes is a clever campaign to replace any or all of them. It is one thing to talk about better politics, but a very different thing to actually go and make stuff happen.

  6. Posted by Snark17

    As a Bernal resident I think having easy access to lots of useful businesses is better than living next to a blighted slum. Call me crazy.

  7. Posted by BobN

    The goal appears to be to allow a big enough BigBox store to put pressure on the City’s existing hardware stores but not large enough to steer tax revenues from Colma.
    It’s sort of like the the story of Goldilocks and The Three Dysfuntional Bears

  8. Posted by Missiondweller

    Because, you know, there’s just too many jobs along that corridor and we don’t need any more.

  9. Posted by Dan

    A Target and a Trader Joe’s. Please.

  10. Posted by spencer

    i don’t understand the resistance to anything on bayshore. it is entirely an industrial wasteland. there are no neihborhoods that close. bernal is across the freeway. this area really need t be cleaned up. personally, i would be happy for lowe’s and target and others.

  11. Posted by spencer

    i don’t understand the resistance to anything on bayshore. it is entirely an industrial wasteland. there are no neihborhoods that close. bernal is across the freeway. this area really need t be cleaned up. personally, i would be happy for lowe’s and target and others.

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