Are you ready for Opposition?

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Urban planning

Caruso learned the hard way over the years. It’s not just about the quality of the project or even community need that determines your ability to get approvals, it’s about the politics. There will be opposition but you need to be ready for it and be able to overcome it. Rick Caruso’s people do their homework and they know the … Read More

Housing activists vs environment activists?

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Property Development, Urban planning

By Mike Saint, Chairman For years the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has made it more difficult to build certain kinds of unpopular (but needed) real estate development. CEQA appeals could take years to be resolved and add huge costs to the developers. In his 2009 book, the Housing Boom and Bust, economist Thomas Sowell pointed out that in 2008 the exact same house … Read More

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

The Saint ReportCoal and Fossil Fuel, Environmental Planning, Property Development, saintblog, Transportation, Urban planning0 Comments

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

Towns seek overturn Florida law that relaxes local development rules

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Referendum/initiative, saintblog, Uncategorized, Urban planning0 Comments

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.

Joint MIT-Saint Consulting Course on Land Use Politics July 17-18

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, NIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, Saint Index, saintblog, Urban planning

MIT’s Center for Real Estate and The Saint Consulting Group are collaborating for the second straight year to offer a two-day course on Community Relations: Winning Community Support for Land Use Projects. This unique course, to be held on July 17 and 18 at the Center for Real Estate on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is … Read More

Strategic Communications: Five Ways to Enhance your Competitive Advantage

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, NIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership, Urban planning

By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group There are at least five communications strategies your organization could utilize to enhance its competitive advantage.  These five strategies are practiced by Saint Consulting and have helped sustain the company as the worldwide market leader in land use politics.  We’ll elaborate on each of these strategies and how they relate to the practices … Read More

Strategic Comms: Why Communication is a Core Competence of Managerial Leaders

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, NIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership, Urban planning

By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group When discussing the core competencies of managerial leaders, communication must always be included because it is the basis upon which all core competencies are conveyed.  In fact, Peter Drucker, the management guru, stated that 60% of all management problems are the result of poor communication. Moreover, said Drucker, “There can be no communication … Read More

Strategic Communications: Getting Value out of Paid Media

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, NIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership, Urban planning

By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group Paid media on political campaigns typically refers to television and radio advertising, which still remains the dominant medium for reaching a large universe of voters.  For example, even though Jerry Brown was outspent by Meg Whitman by a margin of nearly 5 to 1 in the California gubernatorial race, he spent most of … Read More

How to Win Community Support for Development: Nine Key Steps

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, NIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership, Urban planning

By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group With large-scale development often facing clamors of opposition, generating community support for a project is a challenge to developers. To persuade a community to support a new project often means overcoming issues of property use, real estate value, traffic, environmental issues or character of a neighborhood. A developer needs a strategic communications … Read More