Town officials in St. Albans have passed an interim zoning bylaw that puts a cap of 50,000-square feet on new retail construction. An interim bylaw is good for two years and can only be extended for one additional year.
The measure allows existing retail businesses that are already larger than 50,000-square feet to expand an additional 50 percent, or 25,000-square feet, whichever is less.
St. Albans is following the lead of Bennington, which voted earlier this year to cap the size of future retail businesses. An existing bylaw would exempt Wal-Mart’s application for an approximately 150,000-square-foot store.