We recently helped a small business, The Grayson, resolve a zoning compliance matter that threatened to shut them down because their c0-housing solution to long term rentals for corporate relocation clients was defined as a “hotel” despite the fact it’s a far cry from a hotel.
Since it would be incredibly difficult to walk through the intricate challenges of their situation in a single blog post, we will try to simplify it.
The Grayson was an AirBNB style co-housing rental that the owners live in. Unfortunately, such uses (businesses) aren’t defined in the County’s code. When a use is not defined, it’s not allowed except that the County can interpret what use it most closely resembles.
In this case, their undefined use was found to be most closely like that of a “hotels” and hotels are not allowed in the zone where our client is located.
To solve the problem, we tenaciously pursued a code interpretation that argued our client was operating a boarding house. And upon securing that code interpretation we helped bring the client into compliance with those regulations, saving the business.
Our client was willing to let us share her thoughts on our work. . .
“Toyer’s firm has a great background and working knowledge of regulations, zoning, and code. Toyer was able to navigate the complexity of county planning department and code, succeeding in getting a resolution that kept our business from having to close. More incredible was the fact that Toyer was successful where attorneys had failed to help us with the problem. Without Toyer Strategic’s involvement, we would have spent thousands of dollars fighting a losing battle!” Mariam Zinn, Owner, The Grayson
We’re proud of the work our company does and what it means to small business and entrepreneurs.
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Looking at this picture, what do you see?
You may see a typical suburb. Or a small town in flyover country. Both answers would be correct!
However, when we look at the picture we see:
- The commuting patterns that are impacted by zoning decisions
- The small business that is trying to get a building permit to expand
- The school board that is wrestling with rising student populations and the need to adjust enrollment boundaries
- The developer that’s facing an angry neighborhood because her project is locating where the city’s decades old comprehensive plan says it should be built
- The need for a balance between housing and jobs, as well as housing diversity and affordability
- A city that is struggling with the cost of services and the need to grow and diversify it’s economy
- The importance of primary sector jobs, as well as sales tax generating commercial/retail business
Why do we see all that?
We’re experts at understanding the importance of economic development and the complexity of land use.
That’s why we’re able to help the public and private sectors solve their challenges and capitalize on their opportunities.
This week, Toyer Strategic successfully held a community meeting with property owners adjacent to a proposed logistics park in Lacey, Washington.
Toyer is one of the project consultants supporting the entitlement of the Hawks Prairie Logistics Park – a project that would create around 1.9 million square feet of warehousing and distribution space on 131 acres.
An economic impact analysis produced by our firm estimates that the project could result in nearly 900 direct, indirect and induced jobs at full-build out of all phases of the project.
Lacey, Washington has a population just over 49,000 and sits on the Interstate 5 (I-5) corridor south of Tacoma, Washington and immediately north of Olympia (the state capitol).
Toyer Strategic Consulting has completed the Phase I of a two phase business retention and expansion project for the City of Pacific and Port of Seattle. The Phase I inventory discusses our methods for data collection, and categories and analyzes the types of existing businesses within Pacific’s corporate limits. Phase II of the project (now underway) involves distribution of a general business survey and completion of business retention and expansion (BRE) visits.
Check out the Phase I report:
Phase I Business Inventory for City of Pacific
The City of Pacific, Washington has retained Toyer Strategic Consulting (TSC) to complete an economic development project funded by the City and a grant from the Port of Seattle.
Under the project scope TSC will identify, categorize and visit key employers within the community. A final consultant report and business retention and expansion (BRE) program recommendations are due to the City and Port no later than November 1st of this year.
“We are excited to work with the City of Pacific and support their existing businesses,” said David Toyer, owner of Toyer Strategic. “Pacific is an especially unique location in Washington State, supporting jointly with the City of Sumner one of nine ‘manufacturing industrial centers’ that could yield up to 2,100 acres of new industrial development along the SR 167 corridor.”
Located 28 miles south of downtown Seattle, Pacific is split between King and Pierce counties and has a 2017 population estimate of 7,184.
The cities of Pacific and Sumner were provisionally designated a manufacturing industrial center (MIC) in 2016 by the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) pending completion of a MIC subarea plan expected later this year.