Utilizing Social Media in Land Use Battles

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By Courtney Graziano, Senior Vice President & Director of Saint Digital On June 27, 2017, Facebook hit 2 Billion users. Now, more than ever, developers must utilize the power of social media and social sharing to motivate supporters. The water cooler is no longer where projects live and die, that space is now Facebook and apps like Next Door. Here … Read More

Opposition to Development Exploding Internationally

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Opposition to development has exploded not only in the US but across representative democracies globally. Virtually everyone believes they can facilitate change while social media tools help make everyone an organizer. While undoubtedly a great leap forward for citizen engagement, the problem is that those engaged tend to be opponents – supporters stay home. This imbalance causes a political backlash … 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.

Saint Index 2015: The Most Opposed Land Uses

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Landfills, Casinos and Power Plants lead the Saint Index most opposed land uses for 2015.  With 82% opposition to a landfill proposed in “your community”, developers need to take a hard look at the political landscape before moving forward to gain approvals.  You cannot count on being able to identify supporters and getting … 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

Saint Consulting White Paper: Battle Lines Drawn on Market Share Fights

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Companies are increasingly using grassroots political techniques and strategic litigation to stop competitors’ projects and protect their market share. It is very common, highly effective and completely legal when properly implemented, according to a new White Paper published by The Saint Consulting Group. “Protecting market share through lobbying, political organizing, and strategic litigation is highly effective and legally protected when … Read More

Is NIMBYism a major cause of income inequality?

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group In the battle over income inequality (remember those protests over the 1% versus the 99%?) French economist Thomas Piketty argued that the rich have an advantage over the poor in getting richer — They don’t depend on their paychecks to do so. Now comes an MIT grad student, Matthew … 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

The Public Relations Approach to Winning Land Use Fights

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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 One standard method seeks to influence public officials by building public popularity, even enthusiasm, for the project. This public relations approach assumes that if people knew the benefits of the project, they would support it, and conversely that … Read More