Not all rezoning requests just sail through the approval process. Some of them turn out to be outright disasters. But you can avoid those missteps by learning from the mistakes of others. In St. Tammany Parish, LA, Dollar General was attempting to get a property rezoned because it only allowed for buildings approximately 5,000 sf in size. Rezoning the property would allow them to build a building closer to 10,500 sf in size. This property is located between a daycare center and an apartment complex. In other words, there isn't many commercial uses immediately nearby. That should have been the first red flag. Even though the property was zoned for commercial uses, approval of the request would have doubled the size of the building which would potentially double the impact of the proposed use. Traffic, noise, light spillover and more were all key aspects of the neighborhoods opposition.
Don't go against prevailing development patterns
Traffic is always an easy target. Have answers for these complaints
Get support of City staff and officials early in the process.
Rezoning doesn't have to be controversial. These requests do get approved often. If you want to learn how to put yourself in the path of these deals, set up a quick 15-minute call to see how this unique strategy can fit into your existing business.
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