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Commission discusses franchise formula businesses, shed density

KILMARNOCK—The Kilmarnock Planning Commission on Monday, April 10, continued its discussion of potential measures the town could take to prohibit formula franchise businesses in the Steptoes District.

Town council previously asked the commission to research into mitigating franchise businesses coming to town as the region has been growing with both full-time residents and visitors.

During public comment, Mayor Shawn Donahue told the commission he thought taking measures to prevent franchise businesses in the downtown area is critical to maintain the town’s personality and nature.

“We need to preserve our downtown area to keep our charm,” Donahue said.

Planning commission member Tom Jones asked if there are currently any large businesses seeking retail space within the Steptoes District, to which zoning administrator Marshall Sebra said not at the moment.

“It’s about controlling our destiny….

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