Retail Vacancies

Seek to fill any ground-floor retail vacancies with appropriate types of businesses.


  • Employ strategies to fill storefronts and keep the streetscape active.
  • Inventory and monitor underutilized storefronts.
  • Consider an ordinance to impose a vacancy fee to penalize building owners that leave storefronts vacant for extended periods of time
  • Establish a retail strategy to fill vacant retail spaces, which could include measures such as allowing temporary popups, flexible retail, or nonretail uses.
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
Photo of several shop entrances with trees and landscaping with parked vehicles and a sign that says "Pay to Park"
Retail Frontage, Portland, OR (Source: Flickr - Eric Fredericks)