I have an opportunity to arrange/coordinate a unique small project as a launching point for a land development venture. I have a bit of general real estate knowledge, but not much experience at all. I am truly humbled to have access to the vast volume of information and community of experts here in BiggerPockets!
I have a contact that owns a home on multiple acres with an additional casita / mother-in-law house built on the property. The property is semi-rural in Elk Grove, CA (out of the suburbs but still a neighborhood with 2-3 acre lots).
The owner wants to build a 3rd building on the property as multi-use. Would be used as a warehouse for events, with restroom but not a full kitchen. It would be fairly large, 2-levels, in the 7k sf range. Assuming I have a rough sketch and a builder already, what suggestions do the developer pros here recommend to get this project going? I really do not have a strong idea of where to start. I assume calling the building department but what do I even ask? Is there a specific podcast episode or article as a good reference?
2. Entitlements? I am guessing since it's already occupied by two buildings, this is not an issue but I want to go through the steps / proper channels since this is a warm-up practice for future development opportunities.
4. Other considerations?
I sincerely appreciate any help or direction from the smartest minds in the industry.
Rural? If septic systems then can you add a third or tap into the existing?
Zoning yes, as you are suggesting a business in what sounds like a residential zoned area.
Permits are a yes. Our rural county is lax, our next county is very strict now as overdeveloped.
Visit a similar venue near this one to see what they can advise on issues they were blindsided on.
I would add here . See who else in the area and surrounding area has done something like this and find out who they used as subs ie architect , draftsman etc. they would be familiar with the snags that those people ran into . Just and idea .