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Anyone know of any good zoning forums?

Discussion in 'Planning and Zoning' started by Eddie_23, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. Eddie_23

    Eddie_23 Registered User

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    I know this is more of a building code forum and I tend to only ask zoning questions. lol
     
  2. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    We have a zoning section but you posted this under commercial building codes. I'll move it to the correct area. If you keep posting, the data will pile up and more activity will ensue.
     
  3. Ty J.

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    The hard part is that zoning codes are typically unique to that area; therefore, local experts are your best call.
     
  4. RLGA

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    Zoning ordinances are so unique to each jurisdiction, and most are "home-grown" -- meaning there is no consistency in language, organization, or zoning classifications. Thus, a national forum would be near useless. It is best to call the city planners directly or get with someone locally who is experienced in working with the local ordinance.
     
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    https://www.cyburbia.org/
     
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    good and zoning should never be used together
     
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  9. Eddie_23

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    I did exactly that and they said since I wasn't running a business and just wanted to store stuff that they wouldnt allow me to build a warehouse. So then I said well then what zone would I need to be in to build a warehouse, store landscape business trailers, and do wood working? He said their wasn't a zone for that and id have to come in a describe in more detail what I wanted to do. I'm not sure if the issue was that their weren't going to be employees working their 5 days a week or if maybe he didn't think I knew what was involved. Or if it was the zoning that was the issue. The lot was zoned for general commercial and I think that is more for retail businesses. Now the question I didn't ask was if it was zoned light industrial then would that be more appropriate for warehouse storage?

    They wanted a parking lot with parking spaces, an office up front, a water detention pond etc which was fine by me. If I build a warehouse building up to their standards and specifications, who cares if I'm just using it for personal storage/hobby shop.

    So if I buy a warehouse already built are they going to say you can't store your boat, three landscape trailers, mowers and a bunch of commercial grade wood working equipment to use as a hobby still? I didn't ask that question. I think if I found a warehouse zoned light industrial then it wouldn't matter what I did inside.

    In the end he did kind of say I could do that if I wanted, but I was quite brainwashed after all that, so I'll probably just find a property that is already built cause to talk to someone on the phone for 30 minutes being totally upfront about your intentions and then still not really get a solid yes or no to your question is ridiculous.
     
  10. Eddie_23

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    To summarize what i just said, anyone see any issues owning a 5000 sq ft warehouse just to store store trailers and do hobby wood working? The idea behind getting an industrial building is to rent it out down the line and use it as an investment. Or maybe even rent out a portion of it right from the beginning. I can't believe the zoning guy stuck his nose up just because I wasn't going to have people working in the warehouse 5 days a week and mainly use it for storage.
     
  11. cda

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    Yep a little funny

    I see hobby warehouses a lot either owned or rented.
    There is something missing
     
  12. cda

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  13. Eddie_23

    Eddie_23 Registered User

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    Yes. The question is what?
     
  14. Eddie_23

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    That's the second city nearby me that has told me their isn't a single area in their city that will allow me to build a building just so I can store my stuff.
     
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    Eddie_23,

    IMO, ...I would search online first, the neighboring jurisdictions
    and their Zoning Ordinances, to get a feel for their definitions,
    their requirements, etc., rather than talking on the telephone.

    You mentioned that you want to use \ have a 5,000 sq. ft. bldg.
    to store stuff and to perform personal woodworking activities,
    and also, that possibly, ...to have the bldg. rented out......These
    two desires "may" be two different Zoning requirements.

    Respectfully, I recommend that you begin your due diligence
    research of gathering & documenting the data......What you
    think may be defined as General Commercial or Light Industrial
    "may" be defined in that jurisdiction as something different.
    As others have mentioned, each jurisdiction will be different in
    their Ordinances, possibly their language and their requirements.
    Once you have gathered & documented the information from
    the jurisdictions you are looking in, then you can present their
    information, in their language, to help you.

    Also, I respectfully recommend that if you haven't already, ...to
    write down your intentions and desires, for your own clarity.......I
    have found that what I think I want is sometimes very different
    after I have actually written it down and refer back to it later.

    I believe that you can find a suitable location for what you are
    trying to do, but it is going to take some effort and research to
    gather all of the differing information.

    Thanks for coming to this Forum !.........We are trying to assist
    you!
    :)

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  16. cda

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    Eddie

    Almost a year now trying to build a building

    Rent
     
  17. Eddie_23

    Eddie_23 Registered User

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    Maybe from now on i'll just tell them it's going to be a rental property? Do commercial buildings have city inspectors show up unannounced to see what's inside? Like fire extinguishers and such? Im asking in general, of course every city is different.
     
  18. Eddie_23

    Eddie_23 Registered User

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    CDA I don't just drop $250,000 cause I woke up one morning and thought it was a good idea. People who know me know I tend to think on things for a long time, but usually in the end I pull the trigger unlike most who just talk. Also we kind of had a financial crisis with this COVID-19 thing so a lot of people lost a ton of money a few months ago.
     
  19. Eddie_23

    Eddie_23 Registered User

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    Also it hasn't been a year.
     
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    Yes. BTDT
     

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