While some cities nationwide have placed bans or size caps on large format retail developments, Ferndale, WA established, by ordinance, a three-pronged approach to retail development, including big-box stores, which includes a scorecard called EAGLE (Energy efficiency, Advanced technologies, Greater good, Low impact, Economic development).
The large size of suburban commercial developments can facilitate low-impact development, such as near-zero run-off at Argenta Hills, a 120-acre commercial and residential site in Inver Grove Heights.
Adopt a size cap; require decommissioning in the zoning district or with the development agreement for chain-specific big box developments, if store goes vacant for more than x months (and no permit for redevelopment has been filed); plan for at least 1 EV charging station.
Require a decommissioning bond to be posted as a condition of rezoning, subdivision, or building permit for chain-specific big box developments.
Adopt a scorecard system for big-box approval that covers economic, environmental and social dimensions; ban big-box development.