Petco barred from San Francisco's Geary Street by pet-supply chain ban 

Petco applied for a permit Feb. 15 to open up a location at 5411 Geary St. near 18th Avenue, formerly a Walgreens site. But on Tuesday the Board of Supervisors approved in an 8-3 vote Tuesday legislation that bans chain pet supply stores from opening in that area.

Supervisor Eric Mar, who introduced the legislation, said the ban protects smaller, independently owned pet shops in the area. Supervisor Scott Wiener opposed the legislation along with Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu. Wiener said it was a mistake to change the rules and instead Mar should let the application run its course using the existing voter-approved process.

Chain stores need to apply for a permit with the Planning Department for what is known as a conditional use permit. Before a permit is granted, the commission must hold a hearing and listen to community input. If a permit is approved it can be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

Wiener predicted that the legislation will result in more “micro-chain store banning legislation.”

“We are going to end up with an even more convoluted planning code and a hodge-podge of chain-store regulations throughout the city,” he said.

Mar’s legislation also makes another zoning change in the area that he said will help fill up vacant storefronts and revitalize the area. They include such things as allowing more restaurants to move in if they obtain a special permit.


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