Auburn Rezone

Recently, Toyer Strategic assisted Westport Capital Investments with the re-designation and rezoning of approximately 37.1 acres in Auburn, WA from a combination of R-7 and R-20 zones to the R-16 zone.  This change netted our client an additional 105 units.

Processes involved: 

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment
  • Concurrent Rezone
  • SEPA

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

How We Helped This Business (and Could Help Yours)

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.

Got a zoning or zoning compliance issue?  We can help. Contact us

USPTO Approves MicGrowPolitan® Trademark

A couple of weeks ago we received some exciting news.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has official approved and registered our trademark for MicGrowPolitan® – a brand of economic development services created and tailored to the needs of the nation’s 551 official Micropolitan Statistical Areas.  Learn more

What Do You See?

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:

  1. The commuting patterns that are impacted by zoning decisions
  2. The small business that is trying to get a building permit to expand
  3. The school board that is wrestling with rising student populations and the need to adjust enrollment boundaries
  4. 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
  5. The need for a balance between housing and jobs, as well as housing diversity and affordability
  6. A city that is struggling with the cost of services and the need to grow and diversify it’s economy
  7. 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.

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