i have the electric utilities there. and being in the line of work i am in, i know what to do about the codes. the thing about Abilene is you will have to update the building only if you spend so much or renovate so many sq ft or will be considering the building a public place. i will just get diff permits at different times. and kinda helps if ya know the local code guy
. also on somethings it will be cheaper to pay the fines then to do it the "right" way, then there are things they can make you change to to the "right" way and end up being stuck. if all else fails i will get a small trailer, park it up front and get it rezones to a residential area, (it used to be zones as a residence) then call the building a storage building and that will be that. hopefully
I can have the water and sewer brought to the property line (if needed) without the city looking at the building. then i can do the rest to the building myself. easy work.
i can always get around the city-problem will be getting my a** in gear