February 23, 2009 Commercial Property News
The prospect of nearby commercial development still raises the hackles of many Americans, but the economic crisis is also causing people to look more kindly on building in their communities, concludes an annual survey conducted by the Saint Consulting Group.
Opposition to development remains remarkably consistent throughout all regions of the United States, according to Saint Consulting, which advises developers on winning approval for controversial projects. Seventy-nine percent of those in the West said that they would oppose new development in their home towns; the survey found the lowest level of antidevelopment sentiment, 70 percent, in the Midwest. The national average is 74 percent. Sixty-nine percent agreed that the land-use approval process is unfair because of the relationship between developers and elected officials. One-quarter of those surveyed contend that local planning and zoning regulations are not strict enough.