Saint University Executive Seminars

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Keeping corporate teams on the cutting edge of land use politics Saint University Executive Seminars are customized programs for corporate teams- keeping them on the cutting edge of land use politics. Our programs have been featured at The World Bank, MIT Center for Real Estate, Vanderbilt University, Urban Land Institute, International Conference of Shopping Centers, ADIT Brasil, the National Sand, … Read More

Strategic Opposition Part 5: 10 Commandments to deal with angry citizens

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By Saint Consulting Staff What can you do when some or many tactics of strategic opposition are staring you in the face?     We can offer two suggestions: for starters, Mike Saint cited first steps from what some might consider an unlikely source – the writings of Prussian soldier Carl von Clausewitz – commit resources, get good info, build … Read More

Saint Model Outcomes – actions speak louder than words in land use politics

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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.

New California law gives green light to projects that lower carbon emissions

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California—the state that invented freeways and suburban sprawl—has become a trendsetter again, with a new law that rewards community plans that reduce car use and greenhouse gas emissions in our new age of global climate change, writes Charles Lockwood in the Jetson Green blog. In October 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law SB375, which was supported by environmentalists, … Read More

Broken Planning: How Opponents Hijacked the Planning Process

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The OP-ED below ran in Planetizen on March 18, 2015.  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

Most Americans do not see large wind farms as harmful — Saint Index report

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Seventy-nine percent of Americans do not believe a large wind farm project is detrimental to their health and welfare, according to the 2009 US Saint Index survey of attitudes toward real estate development projects. The North American Windpower blog reports that slightly more than one in 10 adults, 11 percent, say a large wind project could diminish health and welfare. … Read More

Supermarkets Adopt Political Tactics To Counter Local Opponents

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March 11, 2006 Financial Times Supermarkets and property developers have borrowed techniques from political campaigning for their battles against people trying to block their plans. Planning issues were at the centre of the Office of Fair Trading’s announcement this week that it was threatening Tesco and other supermarkets with a full-scale Competition Commission investigation. Supermarkets Adopt Political Tactics To Counter … Read More