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The Contra Costa Times reports that the Dublin, California, city council has voted to ban the opening of retailing businesses larger than 170,000 square feet that devote more than 10 percent of their sales floor space to nontaxable grocery products.

According to the officials who supported the ban on big box stores, the logic behind the vote was that a big box store would have a negative impact on traffic in he community and would hurt existing local and small businesses.

However, the argument against the ban – albeit the losing argument – said that 1) the government shouldn't be banning businesses that generate tax revenue at a time when the economic is in a downward spiral, and 2) the ban was unnecessary because no company has inquired about building a bog box store within the city limits.

KC's View:
I've always felt that communities have the right to impose such limitations. (I live in a town that ought to ban banks, since the main street has so many banks that it is beginning to look like Switzerland, and yet the town fathers have said they would prefer not to have businesses like dry cleaners on the main thoroughfare.)

That said, the arguments against the ban seem pretty compelling. Though suggesting that governments ought not to pass unnecessary legislation is sort of like saying that there ought to be a law banning the sun from coming up in the west.