California Governor vetoes excellent "big box review" law
In response to this year's debacle in San Diego, where the city passed a very good big box review ordinance, but a hardcore campaign orchestrated by people and organizations associated with Walmart ended up with the ordinance being repealed, California State Senator Juan Vargas entered legislation for a state-wide requirement.
Even though California already has a pretty good process under the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Assessment) which includes a review of the potential for decay of extant development vis-a-vis new development, it was felt that a stronger law would benefit communities dealing with the new urban push by megastores.
-- Proposed California law, SB 469, Land use: development project review: superstores
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the legislation. See "Jerry Brown rejects new restrictions on megastores" from the Los Angeles Times.
In any case, the legislation is a model for local ordinances with strong review provisions and procedures.
Communities facing the entry of such stores ought to be dealing with improvements in their ordinances and regulations right now, before the stores begin to arrive, not after they submit plans.
Locally this is relevant to DC and Montgomery County, Maryland, although it's too late to help with regard to Walmart in DC.