Dennis Town Planner Daniel Fortier said the town has no ability to turn down the project because local zoning allows it, but conditions may be attached as part of the planning board’s site plan review.
But because Lowe’s will affect the region, it must pass muster with the Cape Cod Commission prior to being considered by the town. The agency will decide whether the project’s benefits to the region outweigh its detriments, and the commission has the ability to completely derail the proposal by issuing a denial.
Mindful of the Cape’s fragile environment and economy (despite pockets of wealth, the peninsula’s per capita income is well below the state average), residents voted to create the Cape Cod Commission in 1990. Made up of representatives of each of the Cape’s 15 towns, this regional planning body has the authority to review, and reject, large development projects that could significantly impact the local economy or environment, including any commercial building over 10,000 square feet. The commission does not supplant municipal planning boards, but rather adds a second layer of review for large projects, in which all of the region’s towns are given a say.
"Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce estimates that a single 300-person Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Wisconsin likely costs taxpayers at least $904,542 per year and could cost taxpayers up to $1,744,590 per year – about $5,815 per employee"
Thus, while we do not estimate the costs to workers who may receive lower wages and benefits, we find the effects of supercenter entry and expansion to be sufficiently large so that overall we find it to be extremely unlikely that the expansion of supercenters does not confer a significant overall benefit to consumers.
Economic growth models that control for other relevant factors reveal a positive relationship between density of locally owned firms and per capita income growth but only for small (10-99 employees) firms, whereas the density of large (more than 500 workers) firms not owned locally has a negative effect.
Our research finds that Wal-Mart store openings lead to the replacement of better paying jobs with jobs that pay less. Wal-Mart’s entry also drives wages down for workers in competing industry segments such as grocery stores.
The employment results indicate that a Wal-Mart store opening reduces county-level retail employment by about 150 workers, implying that each Wal-Mart worker replaces approximately 1.4 retail workers. This represents a 2.7 percent reduction in average retail employment. The payroll results indicate that Wal-Mart store openings lead to declines in county-level retail earnings of about $1.4 million, or 1.5 percent.
Potomac avenue: This paper from the ILSR site linked above states that the overall price decreases claimed by WalMart are off-set by other community costs and are highly suspect.
Basically it lowers costs for lazy middle class folks who won't shop at Building 19 but will drive a few extra miles to go to Wal Mart but when the budget stores go out of business in the poor neighborhoods the lower income folks suffer.
Hatashran: I'd imagine that the rich people who live in Cape Cod own their fair share of Walmart stock.
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