Commercial Real Estate For Lease
Every city has a planning department at City Hall. You will be dealing with this and other municipal departments and agencies that have discretionary authority to approve or disapprove your intended plans.
You can no longer rely on zoning codes to determine what the rules are in your desired location. Your intended location will often be subject to "precise plan" approval, an environmental impact assessment, and other regulatory issues.
You may find yourself appearing before a review board that can often seem unreasonable in its decisions. Many cities have redevelopment agencies authorized to impose conditions even more stringent than those established by local codes.
One shopping center developer was so frustrated with the demands of city agencies that he finally threw up his hands and sold off his rights to the property. The new owner succeeded in developing the property. His secret, "I went into City Hall and told them that I would do anything they wanted me to do-----and did it."
Now, obviously there will be times when unreasonable conditions will make a location for your business unattractive. In such cases, you should unemotionally look for another location.