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).
Whether you are a community, economic development organization, real estate developer or expanding business, our land use and economic development expertise can add significant value to your projects. Here’s an example of value we’re adding to a project by changing the land use and zoning.
On a 6-1 vote Wednesday night, the Auburn Planning Commission recommended the City Council approve a comprehensive plan map amendment and rezone for 1.89 acres that our firm has been pushing through the City’s annual docket cycle on behalf of a client. If approved by the City Council, the resulting zoning would increase the density of the site by as many as 29 additional housing units.
“This project is a perfect example of how our company can help land owners and developers add value to their properties and projects,” said David Toyer, founder of Toyer Strategic Consulting. “With land supply inside urban growth areas becoming more constrained, our experience changing zoning and permitted uses can add significant benefits clients looking to achieve a higher and better use.”
In another example earlier this year Toyer Strategic successfully amended the matrix of permitted uses in the City of Pacific, Washington to allow a client to move forward an industrial warehousing in an office park zone – a obvious win for the project developer, but also a key win for a city which hadn’t seen much new development in that zone.
Lake Stevens, Washington. The Washington State Boundary Review Board (BRB) for Snohomish County issued its written decision Tuesday, denying an appeal brought by landowners in the area. The decision clears the way for approval of the Rhodora Annexation by the Lake Stevens City Council subject to expiration of the 30 day appeal period on BRB decisions.
Our firm has managed the annexation process for the initiating landowners (initiators), including circulation of the 10% and 60% annexation petitions, developing and distributing information about the annexation to residents, and representing initiators in the annexation proceedings.
If final approval is granted by the Lake Stevens City Council, the annexation would bring approximately 103 acres into the City at the southeast end of the lake. More information
Working with several landowners, we recently submitted a 60% notice of intent to annex the Rhodora Area to the City of Lake Stevens. Getting to this milestone was not easy.
The effort began last September with an analysis of the area and determination of which method of annexation method to pursue, deciding to move forward with a direct petition method annexation.
Since then we’ve spent months reaching out and meeting with nearly every property owner in the annexation area to discuss the annexation and what it means.
You can learn more about the annexation at www.toyerstrategic.com/annex
But here are examples of how we have reached out:
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Every community playing the economic development game is looking for a way to get a leg up on the competition. In this week’s tip, we outline three intangibles that help economic developers:
- Details, details, details – in economic development the small stuff counts every bit as much as the big stuff. In one organization I worked with as we were preparing for a site visit, we’d take several days to run through the details, confirm the “parade route” and work with our team to rehearse the types of information they may be seeking. Each time through things we’d make adjustments and look for ways we could maximize every minute they were in our town. In one specific case on the day of the visit as one of the local team members drove the tour route, she went so far as to stop and pick up litter she saw along the way.
- Know the audience – you may not know the prospect or the exact business they are in, but as you work with the company and/or your state economic development team, take in every piece of information you can get to help you be more intelligent in how you can speak to their needs. For example, if you know they are in consumer products, then that gives you clues on some of the factors that will be key to their decision making and long term planning.
- Professionalism and confidence – these are two x-factors that can help you land a project. In fact, in one project I was involved on years ago, a senior executive with the company confessed after the location decision that we weren’t the #1 location or the largest incentive offering, but we were the community they felt could fulfill the promises they were making.