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
We often see that there has been no plan developed to communicate with significant stakeholders. Unfortunately for a developer experiencing this problem, it is often to late to do something once this happens.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Old-timers in the development business will remember when as-of-right development was the rule, not the exception. How times have changed. As-of-right means that the development proposal meets the requirements of the zoning ordinance or bylaw, so no type … Read More