Before Council Takes Out a Payday Loan, Sneak a Peek at Possible New Regulations
This has already gone before the City Plan Commission, which ixnayed minimum separation requirements back in February. But the council continues to make this a priority. This morning's briefing contains a few rules and regs up for consideration, among them:
Minimum Separation: No alternative financial establishment may be located within 1,500 feet, measured from property line to property line, of any other alternative financial establishment.But council may not have to do anything: There are several bills in the state Legislature attempting to regulate payday lenders, and the city may wait to see how those go before wading back in those waters.
Minimum Distance From Residential: No alternative financial establishment may be located within 300 feet, measured from property line to property line, from a lot in a residential district.
Stand Alone Building: An alternative financial establishment may only operate within a freestanding building and may not operate in the same structure as any other use.
Update at 11:03 a.m.: Theresa O'Donnell, director of Sustainable Development and Construction, has just begun her presentation to the council. She's outlining the "alternatives" right now. Watch.