These seven case studies come from a variety of projects managed by The Saint Consulting Group, where we identified latent support to champion a project, or created a counter-voice to balance opposition groups that had dominated the planning process. Some used video petitions and canvassing to generate community advocacy. All persuaded elected officials it was in their electoral interest to listen to wider voter sentiment, not just the vocal NIMBY minority.
Actions speak louder than words, and to win land use battles political campaign strategies and tactics gain far more leverage than traditional PR. Check out these Saint Consulting case studies to understand more about this approach.
It is possible for developers to unlock latent support in the community for their projects, rather than just try and combat the small scale opposition they face on each application.
we identify supporters, organise them and then point them at their local politicians. This balances the debate and makes politicians vote sensibly, rather than appease a small band of protestors.
The Saint Report has published case studies from some of the 1,500 major planning battles The Saint Consulting Group has fought since 1983. They illustrate how the gathering of real-time intelligence – what we call political due diligence – and the creation of campaign strategies and tactics can mitigate objections, neutralize the opposition and rally community support.
We identify supporters, organise them and then point them at their local politicians. This balances the debate and makes politicians vote sensibly, rather than appease a small band of protestors.
By Jay Vincent Regional Vice President – Midwest, The Saint Consulting Group Today’s Saint Model Outcome is a case study on developing a theme park. Our client wanted to construct a 275-acre, $175 million educational theme park on a site previously used as farmland. The project required Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval by the County Commission. The developer was also … Read More
By Saint Consulting Staff, The Saint Consulting Group Continuing our series of case studies to illustrate the politics of planning, this Saint Model Outcome looks at overcoming local opposition to a retail project. Our client wanted to close an existing 35,000-SF store and construct a new 50,000-SF store a half a mile away. The proposed project required the super-majority approval … Read More
By Jay Vincent, Regional Vice President – Midwest, The Saint Consulting Group In our continuing series of Saint Model Outcomes, this case study looks at retail redevelopment and campaigning against an opposition referendum. Our client filed plans to build a retail complex with a 65,000-SF anchor, along with various retail out-parcels of 20,000-SF. The site slated for this expansion was … Read More
By Jay Vincent Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group Our third look this week at Saint Model Outcomes from our experience in land use politics focuses on the proposed expansion of an existing hybrid (coal-fired and waste-to-energy) power plant. The expansion included modifying the facility’s fuel blend to burn more waste, including tires, and upgrading technology in … Read More
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