CAVE People Threaten Commercial Real Estate Projects

The Saint ReportLand Use Campaigns, NIMBY

By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz Whether you call them NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard), BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) or CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything), they are organizing to stop your project and, often, they are winning. Regardless of how good you think your project is and how hard you may have worked to … Read More

Like Winter- The Opposition is Coming

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Saint Consulting Links

By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz It’s ugly out there for commercial real estate developers.  The cynicism and distrust of politicians and our political system has permeated the approvals process for commercial real estate projects and it makes the process more difficult to navigate for everyone. According to the Saint Index, our international study of land use activism, people … Read More

Hiding is not a strategy

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning

By Patrick Fox, CEO The opponents are coming whether they are anxious abutters, political opportunists, competitor funded rabble-rousers or local activists. Keeping quiet doesn’t cut it anymore.  Then why are so many developers still keeping a low profile and walking into public hearings blind and unprepared? Some think they can win approvals simply because “It’s a good project.” Good projects … Read More

Commentary: “Anatomy of a NIMBY”

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links

By Patrick Fox, CEO This article from CityLab is an in depth look at housing NIMBYism and its impacts. I would add to the suggested remedies that going around the NIMBYs and demonstrating support from the rest of the community can be highly effective. They too have a voice in this and, while more challenging to motivate activism FOR something, … Read More

The Usual Suspects

The Saint ReportNIMBY

These characters show up at every public hearing. You know they’re coming but are you ready for them? By Patrick Fox CEO, Saint Consulting Opponents dominate public hearings these days. They are passionate, motivated and ready to rumble while supporters tend to stay home. Local politics kill good projects every day. Successful developers have got to be even more prepared, … Read More

Bypassing NIMBYs

The Saint ReportLand Use Campaigns, NIMBY

By Patrick Fox, CEO When the neighbors oppose (after reaching out and trying to work with them), go to the opposite end of town and work in. Explain community benefits for the entire town including tax revenue, empty nester and senior housing opportunities and quantify those benefits by household. All residents have a voice in this and you can offset … Read More

Are you ready for Opposition?

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Urban planning

Caruso learned the hard way over the years. It’s not just about the quality of the project or even community need that determines your ability to get approvals, it’s about the politics. There will be opposition but you need to be ready for it and be able to overcome it. Rick Caruso’s people do their homework and they know the … Read More

Clandestine Market Defense

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning

It’s secretly acting to protect your market share and profits from an encroaching competitor by generating and organizing community opposition. It is extremely effective and widely done. Even if you are not doing it, there is little doubt it is being done to you. It is extraordinarily difficult to get any development project approved these days. It is an opponent … Read More

NIMBYs vs Planners

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Politicians and Planning

NIMBYs vs Planners- Politics Wins!  Good projects fail despite public need, project merit or quality when local politics are ignored.  It’s an opponent driven system. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/21/development-booms-nashville-council-goes-against-planners-more-often/96585874/

The Protestors are Coming

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning

The protesters are coming in greater numbers. Two ways to handle it: Get in the bunker and hope you can survive the onslaught as the politics of fear and confusion potentially makes your project politically unviable or stand up and fight. Your project had better have great merit and community benefits. Build a supporter base and demonstrate support! The bunker mentality does … Read More