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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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.
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.