Helping developers overcome opposition, understand residents — Pat Fox interview

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patfoxheadWhen people oppose development in their local community, it’s often because they’re protecting the most important investment they’ve ever made, their homes, says Patrick Fox, president of The Saint Consulting Group.

In an interview with The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Ma.), Fox says tactics of the past don’t work well anymore — even though some developers still try to keep things quiet and hope to avoid opposition.

Instead, developers should spend more time on community outreach before making formal proposals — talking with residents about what they are thinking of doing, what objections they might encounter and how best to resolve them while ideas are still at an early stage.

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