(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, a local agency shall not provide any form of financial assistance to a vehicle dealer or big box retailer, or a business entity that sells or leases land to a vehicle dealer or big box retailer, that is relocating from the territorial jurisdiction of one local agency to the territorial jurisdiction of another local agency but within the same market area.
(b) As used in this section:
(1) “Big box retailer” means a store of greater than 75,000 square feet of gross buildable area that will generate sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code).
(2) “Local agency” means a chartered or general law city, a chartered or general law county, or a city and county. “Local agency” does not include a redevelopment agency that is subject to Section 33426.7 of the Health and Safety Code.
(3) “Financial assistance” includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:
(A) Any appropriation of public funds, including loans, grants, or subsidies or the payment for or construction of parking improvements.
(B) Any tax incentive, including tax exemptions, rebates, reductions, or moratoria of a tax, including any rebate or payment based upon the amount of sales tax generated from the vehicle dealer or big box retailer.
(C) The sale or lease of real property at a cost that is less than fair market value.
(D) Payment for, forgiveness of, or reduction of fees.
(4) (A) “Market area” means a geographical area that is described in independent and recognized commercial trade literature, recognized and established business or manufacturing policies or practices, or publications of recognized independent research organizations as being an area that is large enough to support the location of the specific vehicle dealer or the specific big box retailer that is relocating.
(B) With respect to a vehicle dealer, a “market area” shall not extend further than 40 miles, as measured by the most reasonable route on roads between two points, starting from the location from which the vehicle dealer is relocating and ending at the location to which the vehicle dealer is relocating.
(C) With respect to a big box retailer, a “market area” shall not extend further than 25 miles, as measured by the most reasonable route on roads between two points, starting from the location from which the big box retailer is relocating and ending at the location to which the big box retailer is relocating.
(5) “Relocating” means the closing of a vehicle dealer or big box retailer in one location and the opening of a vehicle dealer or big box retailer in another location within a 365-day period when a person or business entity has an ownership interest in both the vehicle dealer or big box retailer that has closed or will close and the one that is opening. “Relocating” does not mean and shall not include the closing of a vehicle dealer or big box retailer because the vehicle dealer or big box retailer has been or will be acquired or has been or will be closed as a result of the use of eminent domain.
(6) “Vehicle dealer” means a retailer that is also a dealer as defined by Section 285 of the Vehicle Code.
(c) This section does not apply to local agency assistance in the construction of public improvements that serve all or a portion of the jurisdiction of the local agency and that are not required to be constructed as a condition of approval of the vehicle dealer or big box retailer. This section also does not prohibit assistance in the construction of public improvements that are being constructed for a development other than the vehicle dealer or big box retailer.
(d) This section shall not apply to any financial assistance provided by a local agency pursuant to a lease, contract, agreement, or other enforceable written instrument entered into between the local agency and a vehicle dealer, big box retailer, or a business entity that sells or leases land to a vehicle dealer or big box retailer, if the lease, contract, agreement, or other enforceable written instrument was entered into prior to December 31, 1999.
(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 781, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018