fast-food zoning
n. Zoning laws designed to keep fast-food restaurants out of an area or neighborhood.
In an effort to provide residents with more nutritious choices, the L.A. City Council adopted landmark legislation in July mandating a one-year moratorium on the building of new fast-food eateries in a 32-square-mile area. (Fast-food zoning exists in other cities but is based on aesthetic considerations, not health factors.) According to Jan Perry, a council member who co-sponsored the bill and whose district is part of South L.A., the idea is to freeze fast-food development so that sit-down restaurants and quality-food markets will build in the area. ''When every corner is taken up with fast food,'' Perry says, ''there's no room for anyone else.''
—Steven Kurutz, “Fast-Food Zoning,” The New York Times, December 14, 2008
In the early 1990s, activists pushed the government to man date nutrition information on grocery items. Not surprisingly, food choices didn't change. Since then they have lobbied for fast-food zoning, Twinkie taxes, and outright food bans.
—Richard Berman, “Health activists overlook deadly effects of sitting,” Nation's Restaurant News, January 07, 2008
2006 (earliest)
New York Councilman Joel Rivera wants to ban fast food restaurants from certain areas of New York. Apparently such a law already exists in a small Californian city — Calistoga.
—“Fast Food Zoning,” Diet Blog, September 25, 2006
Among tax proposals Daniels suggested merit consideration are … Extending the 5 percent state sales tax to so-called "snack food." Once labeled the "Twinkie tax," the proposal would apply to such items as candy, chewing gum, potato chips, pretzels, cookies, ice cream, coffee and tea.
—Mike Lawrence, “Tax alternatives sought,” Chicago Sun-Times, June 29, 1987