BATAVIA - The Batavia City Council may put a six-month moratorium on considering businesses that don’t generate sales tax and want to locate in general commercial districts.
Mayor Jeff Schielke suggested the measure in October, as the council was discussing letting a physical-therapy practice open in a strip mall on Randall Road. Health care businesses require council approval.
Twenty-nine percent of the city’s general-fund money comes from sales taxes. That fund pays for everything but the water, sewer and electric utility operations.
Under the proposed moratorium, the city would not take applications for automated-teller machine facilities, banks, business-services, dry-cleaning, laundry, entertainment, recreation, health care, pawn or personal-services businesses, as well as government uses. During the moratorium, the city would consider whether to change its zoning laws to prohibit such uses altogether.
One potential site that could be affected, according to minutes of a November committee meeting, would be the former Circuit City store site on the southeast corner of Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway. Schielke said L.A. Fitness health club has expressed interest in it and the Office Depot next door, which is expected to shut down due to its merger with Office Max. Schielke said in particular, the city still owes sales tax rebates on the property.
In 2003, the city put a moratorium on banks being built along Randall. Eventually it decided to allow banks, but they had to be set back at least 250 feet from major roads if they had drive-through lanes.
The biggest occupied general commercial district is along Randall Road. Also zoned that way is another site on Randall and a vacant parcel at Fabyan and Kirk Road.
The council meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave.