Carpinteria conundrum: Will space limits stop business it doesn
The proposed ordinance that would limit the square footage of big-box retailers in Carpinteria by allowing a building maximum of 30,000 square feet may be causing a great debate, but as far as commercial real estate goes, regional agents probably aren’t losing any sleep.
Currently, a temporary moratorium is in place on the bigger boxes and on May 27, the city council will discuss further options for long-term restrictions on substantially sized companies.
Jackie Campbell, community development director of the city of Carpinteria, said the list of options to address the big-box concerns will include an overall cap on square footage, a cap on sales floor square footage, a conditional-use permit requirement, a mandatory conceptual review process, and having different procedures for existing and proposed buildings.
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