I am looking to purchase a building for an I-502 retail shop (Dispensary) and it does not meet the zoning requirements. It is in Tacoma Washington and meets all the requirements except for the zone. The current zone is UCX (Urban Center Mixed Use District) and for it to be compliant, it needs to be MUD (Mixed Use District), CMUD (Commercial Mixed Use District), or CC (Community Center).
My question is, would I be able to get the zoning changed from UCX to a MUD, CMUD or CC district?
1st I would go talk to the planning and zoning office. Normally they're pretty friendly and can give you an idea if they would approve or not.
You should also go to some P&Z meetings to see how the process works and what the discussions are. You'll get to see some of the city staff that is involved in the process and what board wants to see or is willing to improve.
If things look positive, then submit your case....if it doesn't look good, then you might want to hire a consultant to help you through the process.