Regardless how good your project is, people are organizing against it

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By Patrick Fox,President, The Saint Consulting Group Whether you call them NIMBYs, BANANAs, CAVE*, people or uninformed, selfish nutcases, they are organizing to stop your project and, often, they are winning.  Regardless of how good you think your project is and how hard you may have worked to address community needs they are still there screaming bloody murder at the … Read More

Developer’s nightmare – angry neighbors, antsy mayor, good project lost

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Whether you call them NIMBYs, BANANAs, CAVE*, people or uninformed, selfish nutcases, they are organizing to stop your project and, often, they are winning.  Regardless of how good you think your project is and how hard you may have worked to address community needs they are still there screaming bloody murder at … Read More

The Next Trend: Will Recession Hit Commercial Property like Homes?

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One of the rumored “other shoes to drop” as a result of the ongoing recession is the status of commercial property across the country. Are we going to see something similar to what has happened in the housing market where homeowners are choosing to walking away from upside down mortgages or agreeing to short sell sales.

Woe awaits developers in California ballot initiatives to control growth

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The Saint Report carried a Los Angeles Times report in August about Santa Monica’s ballot initiative to curb commercial development for 15 years. The Los Angeles Business Journal notes that businesses and developers are fighting back against the November ballot measure. Owen Eagan, the Saint Consulting division manager for Southern California, comments on the woe that can befall developers who … Read More

California local initiatives would give residents more say in land use

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Traffic-choked streets and fears rampant development have prompted citizens in Santa Monica, California to propose limits on commercial development for 15 years. In nearby Beverly Hills and Redondo Beach, similar ballot measure aim to give local residents more say in land use and development matters. The Los Angeles Times looks closely at the issue in Southern California.