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Site Plans Approved At 1 Meeting! Wow!!!!!

By Marc Goodin,

You do not hear about plans being presented and approved at one commission meeting often enough. But if your homework is done and the plans are complete it is very possible.

Congratulations to Storage Authority Franchise owners Rick & team in NJ. We will be doing a live interview with Rick to hear in more detail how he and his team got approval from the zoning Commission in one meeting more detail but here are 7 steps!

1) Looked at enough sites with Storage Authority to understand what is a good site and what is a bad site right off the bat.

Self storage development concept sketch
This site was eventually reject due to the high contruction cost due to the topography, retaining walls required and over under design/construction required to make this site work.

2) Look at a ton more sites, passing up some close or almost sites to hold out for the one!

self storage concept layout plan
Concept sketch plan by Storage Authority to get a preliminary layout to get idea of square feet and assist the Engineer.

3) Find the one that looks great, do a deep dive into the site, the area demand, P & L potential, rough concept plan, and meet with the town.

4) Get the site under contract.,

self storage design plan
It takes multiple back and forth between team members to get the best plan. Here are Storage Authority notes to the civil engineer for more sf and less construction cost.

5) Review the Storage Authority guidelines with the team. This includes several pages of basics and added features to make your site a winner. Do a conceptual plan with input from the engineer, architect, Storage Authority & the Owner.

6) Design the site plan and compare it to the design guidelines. Have the team review the plans. and revise and revise again until FULLY Complete. My background as a civil engineer for 30 years makes it easy for us to determine when an engineer's "final plans" are going to get beat up because they are not close to complete.

I have seen site plans being resubmitted to the town 4 to 7 times taking 4 to 5 extra months for approval from the town. Some towns might not care if the plans are technically correct so the deficiencies do not get corrected before construction and you end up with major headaches and major extra costs from the contractor.

self storage development site plan
Approved in 1 zoning commission meeting! Awesome, especially in NJ.

7) Be well prepared for all the regulatory meetings. We have the list of typical questions and best responses. And we even let you know the best way to present your project as the Home Town self storage for easier approvals.

Do you want to have a 15-minute call to learn how Storage Authority helps improve the systems, sales, marketing, and profits at your existing facility? If you are building from the ground up let's also review how we help you find land and get your facility designed, approved, and built.

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Marc Goodin is the President of Storage Authority Franchising. He owns 3 self-storages he designed, built, and manages. He has been helping others in the self-storage industry for over 30 years.

He can be reached at or directly at 860-830-6764 to answer your franchising, development, marketing, sales, and operations questions. His best-selling self-storage books are available on Amazon.


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