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City Council to Consider Formula Business Moratorium

At its meeting on Monday, May 23, the Carpinteria City Council will consider an urgency ordinance to regulate formula businesses in Carpinteria. Formula businesses, also known as chain stores, have been regulated in many California cities with the goal of preserving unique community character, protecting the vitality of locally owned businesses, and retaining profits within the local community.

Formula businesses tend to have standardized services, decor, methods of operation and other features that make them virtually identical to businesses elsewhere. Cities have considerable discretion when it comes to identifying what types of formula businesses are restricted. The Carpinteria City Council may apply restrictions to specific areas within the City and/or specific business types (eg. restaurants but not grocery stores). Adopting an urgency ordinance, which can only remain in effect for a short period of time, would allow the City Council to take immediate action before beginning the lengthy process of enacting a permanent ordinance to regulate formula businesses.

The May 23 City Council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public may attend the meeting at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. or view the meeting live at, on Government Access Television Channel 21 or by logging into the Zoom webinar. Additional details and numerous ways for the public to provide comments will be available through the meeting agenda at Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.