Last night the Lacey City Council approved the master site plan and wetland development permits for Hawks Prairie Logistics Park, a 130-acre industrial development that will feature three buildings totaling 1.9 million square feet of industrial space. The main building on the site will house a new Home Depot distribution center.
Our firm played an instrumental role in the project’s approval, providing the project’s economic impact analysis and performing required land use analysis to address the policies and conditions that limit the granting of wetland development permits.
Additionally, we provided early project management services to support the project’s pre-application site plan review, the processing of the land use applications, and the facilitation of a meeting with the adjacent residential neighborhoods.
Lake Stevens, WA. On Tuesday night the City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 1041 to annex approximately 100 acres into the city – an action our firm initiated and supported on behalf of landowners in the annexation area.
About Our Role Our firm was retained by our client in September of 2017 to complete an analysis recommending if an annexation could be successful and by what method. After studying parcel data (acreage, valuation) and voter registration data in the area, we concluded that the best approach was the Direct Petition Method. Further, we used our research to identify an annexation area meeting the location and boundary criteria in state law.
We were subsequently retained to secure signatures for the required 10% and 60% petitions (based on % of valuation in the annexation area). To complete this task, we developed a communications strategy to provide answers to the most common questions about annexation. We utilized a combination of direct mail, door hangers and door belling (see examples to the left).
We successfully gathered the 10% and 60% petitions, negotiated applicable zoning and indebtedness, completed the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist, and prepared exhibits and narratives to be included in the official “Notice of Intent” to annex filed with the Washington State Boundary Review Board for Snohomish County (BRB).
The annexation was challenged by a group of residents. However, the annexation was unanimously approved by the BRB and an appeal of the BRB’s decision was dismissed by Snohomish County Superior Court.
On Monday (Jan 7, 2019) we presented the Spencer City Council (Spencer, Iowa) with a final draft of their Economic Development Strategic Work Plan. The plan, developed in conjunction with the city’s Grow Spencer Commission, covers a range of economic development initiatives for the next five years. Check out the plan.
In accepting the final plan, the Spencer City Council unanimously approved a resolution to implement the plan.
On October 17th our firm held an implementation work session with the Skykomish Town Council and members of their Planning Commission. The goal of the work session was to prioritize economic development goals in consideration of the Town’s budgeting for 2019, as well as the connections between multiple goals and tasks requiring additional coordination.
The Skykomish Plan was put together using the Toyer Framework® – our signature approach to economic development strategic planning that focuses on implementable action plans, not binders that collect dust on shelves.
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.