Supporting NorthPoint’s Cascade Commerce Center

Our firm is excited to be assisting NorthPoint Development, in obtaining entitlements for a 426-acre industrial park in the cities of Arlington and Marysville, Washington.  Featuring over 4 million square feet of Class A industrial space, the Cascade Commerce Center will attract new manufacturing, logistics and technology companies that could create as many as 5,000 new jobs.

This development is part of the Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center (AMMIC), also known as the Cascade Industrial Center, which has been designated as a regional manufacturing industrial growth center by the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC).

NorthPoint, based in Riverside, Missouri, is the nation’s largest developer of industrial space over the past five years.

Deliverables:

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment & Rezone (Arlington parcel)
  • Economic Impact Analysis of Job Creation & Increased Tax Base
  • Support for the USACE Alternatives Analysis
  • Negotiation of Development Agreements (in both Arlington & Marysville)
  • Entitlement Expediting
  • Community Outreach

Zoning & Small Business

Ran across a story covering another example of zoning issues small businesses (especially those run out of homes and garages) can encounter when they assume that because they operate from home, they are a home based business or home occupation.

Should you run into problems like this, we can help.  Our firm works with small businesses and entrepreneurs to understand zoning, pick the right location for their business, negotiate development conditions, and secure the right permits.  We can also help businesses with zoning compliance (permitting after the fact) when they run into trouble. #permitting #landuse

Full Story:  https://lnkd.in/gwDzrSU

How Much Could GMA Change?

In the years since the Legislature commissioned the “Roadmap to Washington’s Future” a group of planners and agencies have been working to develop an overhaul to the Growth Management Act (GMA).
Although the 2021 legislative session is anticipated to be about budgets and COVID, some legislative leaders are keeping the door open to consider bold amendments to the GMA as a way to address the budget, social equity, and climate change.
Amendments are expected to address topics ranging from local changes the state must approve before they go into effect, new standards that focus on “net ecological gain” and much more.   Check out this recent story in “The Urbanist” for more highlights on what to expect.
It’s unclear how these changes will impact real estate and development, but our firm will be closely monitoring the session on behalf of our clients.

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Improving our Advocacy

Toyer Strategic Advisors is now a registered lobbying firm in Washington! “Recognizing that our client’s projects (and problems) keep getting more complex, this move extends reach to tackle legislative policy issues related to GMA policy, infrastructure, taxes, red tape, etc.,” noted David Toyer, the company’s President. “As we grow our staff, we are strategically positioning ourselves to offer more advanced services and solutions.”

Toyer Strategic would love to hear about your legislative priorities and discuss ways the firm can fight to ensure the economic growth and housing solutions needed in Washington.

“Our firm has a great reputation as land use and economic development experts that work with local planning departments and elected officials to create economic development. Given the current circumstances, it has never been a more important time to leverage our relationships in Olympia,” added Anne Anderson, Public Affairs Manager for Toyer Strategic.