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JUN 2019

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Visit us at ISS World Expo, Booth # 608 Assemble Your Team Start by looking at the plan you've outlined and identify a list of consultants you'll need. This might include engineers, an architect, land-use attorney and environmental consultant. Make a list of candidates in each discipline, send them information and discuss the project scope. Solicit proposals from two or three consultants in each field. Make your decision based on each person's interest in the project, relevant experience, workload, schedule and price. Certain members of the team should have local connections and others could be national or regional. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. For example, if you've identified storm water as a potential flaw, keep this in mind when selecting a civil engineer. It should be someone who has a great relationship with the local engineering department and experience with storm-water projects in the area. Facility design is storage-specific, so a national or regional consultant might be the best choice for the structural engineering. Get and call references for those with whom you haven't worked. Learn about about each reference's experience and how well he thinks the consultant would fit with your project. You also need to decide who's going to lead the team. Will it be you, the land-use attorney, planner, engineer or architect? Set up a kick-off meeting to introduce all the team members and set dates for submittals, drafts of plan sets, etc. Work with people you like and who share your passion for the project. Success will depend heavily on the team you assemble. Overcome Obstacles Surmount challenges when they come. Notice I said when, not if. Most projects will face multiple obstacles and overcoming them is an important part of the entitlement process. When faced with a hurdle, make sure you clearly understand the problem, and then consult with your team to determine potential solutions. Present these to the appropriate decision-makers—the more options the better. Just be careful to ensure the solutions you propose won't become a fatal flaw. Throughout the entire process, communicate clearly and respectfully with the jurisdiction and your team. Successful project entitlement requires that you understand the rules of the game, plan your approach, identify fatal flaws, assemble your team and overcome obstacles. These steps will help you navigate the often difficult entitlement process and put you on the path for project success. Scott Wyckoff is a founding principal of Wasatch Storage Partners, a nationwide acquisition, development and operating company. He began his career in the self-storage industry as a vice president of development and construction for Extra Space Storage Inc., where he was instrumental in the company's redevelopment and Certificate of Occupancy purchase programs. His background in the nationwide development of self-storage facilities is unique and provides insight into the zoning and approval process. To reach him, call 801.692.1474; visit www.wasatchstoragepartners.com LEARN MORE Learn more about self-storage zoning in the video "From Green Light to Ground-Breaking: Securing Approvals for Your Self-Storage Project," available in on-demand and DVD formats at iss-store.com. June 2019 I ISS 21

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