The Stewarts' zoning change went down to defeat, while the Brewery's zoning change was approved. Both could be characterized as "spot zoning." The difference?
Stewarts got buy-in from the city administration which immediately pushed for it before engaging the neighbors.
The Brewery reached out to the neighbors early-on and got a buy-in from them.
People don't like to be pushed around and will respond accordingly even after concessions are made.
Utica and Developers: Learn the lesson!