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The City Council on Monday will resume charting a path for regulating big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart Supercenter and SuperTarget after last discussing possible restrictions in 2003.

Read more about the debate over big-box stores here.

There are a number of available restrictions that cities have placed on big-box stores to curb their impacts on traffic conditions and the local economy. Mayor Jerry Sanders is recommending that the council set guidelines for landscape and design, but opposes the SKU ordinance that would virtually ban behemoth retailers that sell groceries, such as Wal-Mart Supercenters.

A council committee endorsed the SKU ordinance in 2003.

The independent budget analyst encouraged economic impact reports for any proposed big-box store.

Monday’s council vote will not be a final decision on how to regulate the massive retailers, but will instead be a policy direction that the council will revisit in the weeks to come.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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