Broken Planning: How Opponents Hijacked the Planning Process

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The OP-ED below ran in Planetizen on March 18, 2015. Planetizen.com  By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said that “All politics is local.” It can also be said that “All land use is political.” And the politics of land use has turned against development. Rather than generating a healthy debate … Read More

Towns seek overturn Florida law that relaxes local development rules

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Florida municipalities are seeking to overturn the Community Renewal Law, enacted this summer that relaxed development requirements and ended a regional planning process for major projects of regional impact. Their lawsuit accuses the state of imposing unfunded land use requirements on local communities.

10 Rules for Dealing with Angry Citizens

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By Patrick Fox, President Some people are just plain angry.  Fear of change as well as rumors, misunderstandings and outright lies can leave developers confronted by angry, distrusting residents who do not want to listen to anything you have to say.  Usually, these situations can be avoided with proper planning and outreach but every developer will encounter angry citizens sometimes.  … Read More

Advocacy or Antitrust? Competitive Engagement and Political Advocacy Under the First Amendment

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Fierce business competitors have to step lightly to avoid liability under expansive American antitrust law and Anglo-American ‘commercial interference’ torts. However, both federal and state courts have increasingly interpreted the American constitutional guarantee of the freedom to petition the government as shielding competitors who engage each other in political or legal contexts. In-house practitioners should be aware of the shifting … Read More

Question: Can You Pay NIMBY’s to Go Away?

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By Mike Saint Answer: sometimes, but other times, even One Billion Dollars is not enough to get them to stop objecting. See this story from Canada, where First Nations’ Tribe members rejected a payment from Malaysia’s Petronas LNG project that was proposed for British Columbia. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/bc-first-nations-group-rejects-1-billion-offer-from-lng/article24413849/ The lure of the money, which would be spread over 40 years, is being … Read More

What is Land Use Politics

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From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Land use politics is a completely new discipline, different from the old-fashioned ward-heeler fixer regime. While it might use public relations elements, it is a far cry from the sort of press release approach to project approval that … Read More

Politics, Not Marketing

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group “Smart Marketing” seldom overcomes opposition to new real estate projects because land use permits are a political challenge, which cannot be won with clever merchandising or public relations. I read an article last week in Senior Housing News by reporter Tim Mullaney entitled, “How Smart Marketing Combats NIMBY Woes … Read More

Why Open Public Meetings Go So Horribly Wrong

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From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group A standard approach for convincing the public about the benefits of a development is conducting large open public meetings. The usual purpose of these events is to inform the public, answer people’s questions, put their fears and concerns … Read More

Land Use Politics: Winning Project Approvals in a NIMBY World

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From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Land use politics is a new discipline in land use permitting that employs sophisticated political campaign strategies and tactics to help ordinary citizens influence public officials’ discretionary land use decisions. It is not lobbying, and its practitioners do … Read More

FREE Webinar hosted by Saint Consulting

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Saint University will be conducting 6 FREE open to the public Webinars in 2015. The first one will take place on January 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST.  Our first topic will be Protecting Market Share presented by Ramsin Canon and Patrick Fox.  The public has a right to petition state and local governments to protect the public good–that goes … Read More