|RE: Cost up to zoning board approval||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 16:29:16 -0500|
Heather wrote: We are afraid of spending the time and money if we won't be able to build cohousing on that parcel. My advice is to do a two pronged inquiry. First prong: find out the name of the head of the planning department. Next prepare a brief presentation about cohousing, what it is, where its been done, why its really great, third make an appointment with the head of the department and make a presentation about cohousing. (One of my wishes is that I could do this full time, just fly around the country and make the planning departments all drool over how great cohousing is. Sigh, so buy another lottery ticket Rob). If this person seems unmoved and unmovable, disinterested or antagonistic over the concept, be wary. If this person is interested and helpful be hopefull. If this person is totally enthusiastic, bends over backward to help you, etc. you are great shape. Having the head of planning dept interested in your new idea (cohousing is almost always new in most places these days) its very very helpful, more so than you can ever realize.=20 Second prong: Go to the planning office wearing your investigative reporter hat and research how many similiar rezones have been granted in the last 4 years to what you want to do. If there is a slew of them, you're in luck. Find out who did em, odds are there will be some repititions of company names such as Dewy, Cheatem and Howe development corps. Rustle up your groups best imitation good old boy smoozer, call a couple of these companies and see if you can find someone you can smooze for info about the process. Take em out to lunch. Heck, you might even want to hire them as consultants. Being a successfull developer, and landing rezones are skills worth buying. If you find no similiar rezones in the last 4 years in your area you might consider investing your money in a fishing boat instead of cohousing. Well, actually it might not be that bleak, but its going to require the active support of the planning department (see prong one). If you strike out in both areas, and you are willing to go further, I would advise prong 3, building political and grassroots support by doing slide shows and dog and pony shows everywhere. The politicos tell the planning director what to do. Even if the planning people are not for you, if the city council, county council, state politician, governor, etc all are on your side, you have a shot for the rezone. But this kind of support takes huge amounts of very time consuming and somewhat nauseating boot licking which you might not have the interest in. =20 If you talk to a few developers in your area you may get some very good advise about the odds on rezones in your area. Developers live and die by these and they seldom invest wrong, because they do their homework.=20 Rob Sandelin Northwest Intentional Communities Association Sharingwood
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