``At the heart of the matter are the city's regulations regarding site planning,'' Moody said in a memo to fellow commissioners. ``I have had several small business owners express frustration regarding the difficulty and expense of complying with our requirements,'' including those regarding landscaping, parking lots and drainage.
``In a sense, our requirements are pricing the small business owner out of the market insofar as expansions or redevelopment is concerned.
``I do not want to lessen our standards because I feel they help make Lawrence the wonderful community it is. However, I believe that, to a certain extent, our regulations are promoting the status quo rather than encouraging redevelopment.''