Company X is applying for a “planned shopping center.” Our ordinance defines this as
The applicant says its project, which is one store (w/ a detached gasoline station) satisfies this definition:
This is insane, isn’t it? One (or more) buildings having grouped retail stores requires there to be multiple stores because the definition has the plural s on the end of store. Right? (And is group a transitive verb in this sense (since stores can’t group themselves), therefore somethings need to be grouped?)
Now, there are some other complications, such as so-called outlots which the applicant may or may not build, depending on its whim. But essentially, all that we know the applicant intends to build is the main store & gasoline station. Indeed, the applicant goes on to say
So, now the definition contradicts itself.
I just don’t know how to reply to this. How do I explain, in technical terms that are irrefutable, that “one or more buildings…having grouped retail stores…” means that a single store is not acceptable?
Or am I completely wrong?