Saint University will train real estate professionals in land use politics

The Saint ReportPress Release, saintblog

The Saint Consulting Group to seek accreditation for intensive development courses and seminars

The Saint Consulting Group is offering to train property developers in proven political campaign tactics to win approvals for real estate projects, opening to the public a Saint University curriculum that covers the latest trends, strategies and tactics in the politics of land use.

The courses offer the property industry it has served for 27 years the same type of intensive training that has built Saint Consulting into the leading global political land use consultancy.

Since 1983, managers and guest instructors have taught Saint Consulting staff and clients the skills, strategies and tactics needed to win political battles in real estate development. All project managers complete a week-long course and update their training three times a year in regional Saint University seminars and the annual International “Saint U” conference. Topics include wetland regulations, land use law, Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP statutes) and much more.

“Our training is rigorous and challenging for the consummate political land use professional, for the technical planning and political process in communities at all levels,” P. Michael Saint, chairman and CEO of The Saint Consulting Group, said. “With Saint University, we now offer this intensive training to the real estate development industry at large.”

To be certified internally as political land use experts, all operational staff must pass the Saint Aptitude Test, a 100-question exam on land use planning, industry issues and political concepts in the land use arena. Managers also attend outside courses, including the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program’s “Dealing with an Angry Public” and seminars such as the University of California at Davis programs on the California Environmental Quality Act process.

Guest instructors at Saint U seminars have included Richard Addis, former editor The Financial Times, Dwight H. Merriam, author of The Complete Guide to Zoning and partner, Robinson & Cole, and Thomas Kiley, partner, Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley.

“We have captured this knowledge in more than 30 courses we now offer in the Saint U curriculum,” said Anna Dane, director of training for Saint Consulting. “We will be seeking accreditation for Saint University from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training to give our offerings full professional standing for the real estate development industry.”

“Our goal is to offer the real estate development industry our best practices training in land use politics as they relate to every type of project, from a shopping mall or medical center to a nuclear power plant,” said Mr. Saint, co-author of the book, NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use.

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