TUE1 - Development Workshop: Planning Phase

Tuesday, July 21 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM « Back

For the third consecutive year, we’ve divided our popular Development Workshop into two four-hour sessions to allow a deeper dive into critical aspects of planning and building.

Before you can begin construction on a self-storage project, you must complete a great deal of legwork. This workshop will provide an overview of the development climate, including some statistics on national building activity. Our presenters will address feasibility and site selection, considerations in assembling a support team, site design, and the zoning and approvals process. Discover what you need to avoid a bad investment with insight from this expert group of presenters.

8 a.m. Overview/Introduction (Lindau)
8:15 a.m. National Development Activity (Sylvester)
8:45 a.m. Feasibility and Site Selection (Blum)
9:30 a.m. Assembling Your Team (DePrato)
10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Site Design (Jordan)
11 a.m. Zoning and Approvals Process (Lindau)
11:30 a.m. Conclusion and Q&A (Lindau)

You’ll learn:

  • The current status of national development activity
  • How development activity will progress during the next several years
  • Which regions are overbuilt and which are on the mend
  • How to monitor development activity
  • How to determine whether new development is pressuring a submarket
  • The components that should comprise a feasibility study
  • How to analyze feasibility-study results
  • Criteria to look for when selecting a site
  • How to forecast financial success
  • Which construction-team member should be your first hire
  • The differences between design/build and design/bid/build contracts
  • How to determine if you need a contractor
  • Tips to hire a qualified architect
  • How to select the right vendors and subcontractors
  • Innovative techniques to optimize site design and project efficiency
  • Site-design strategies to beat the competition
  • How to use topography to increase access and efficiency, while reducing construction costs
  • How to maximize site efficiency for multi-story projects
  • How to research zoning for particular sites
  • How to determine if a site is zoned by right, conditional use or will require a change
  • Key items the city will ask about on a zoning application
  • How to prepare for a meeting with city officials
  • How to build a team to successfully navigate the zoning process

Event Type: Other Education > Session