The Lawsuit Approach to Dealing with Opposition

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From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group In their anger and frustration, hard-charging developers sometimes resort to suing project opponents. They generally fail legally, and they always fail politically. A developer who expects to win the votes of local public officials by suing their constituents … Read More

When “As of Right” Goes Horribly Wrong

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From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Old-timers in the development business will remember when as-of-right development was the rule, not the exception. How times have changed. As-of-right means that the development proposal meets the requirements of the zoning ordinance or bylaw, so no type … Read More

Managing Land Use Campaigns

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Tips for Managing the Unmanageable Every commercial real estate development team is made up of experts from a variety of disciplines. Managing them and the roller coaster-like permitting process is not for the faint of heart. With some team members, their role is clear and you can easily manage them and chart … Read More

Don’t Get SLAPPed: Fight Politics With Politics

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After losing a long, expensive, and contentious land-use application, it can be tempting to pull out the big guns, particularly if those guns are in the form of eager attorneys to whom you have already paid a fortune. But sometimes the big guns are better left holstered. A developer in suburban Chicago may be learning this very lesson. After their … Read More

Credibility? Developers have none, just a target on their backs

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group No matter how good you are or how many times you have gone above and beyond to ensure your projects are designed and built to the highest standards, you come to town with a target on your back.  No matter how many times you have made commitments to neighbors and local officials … Read More

Ways to kill a real estate project – how opponents try to derail development, Part 2

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group The Saint Consulting Group often does seminars for trade associations, client real estate departments and other groups. A popular topic is “How to Kill a Real Estate Project”. By learning the techniques that opposition groups utilize to derail a project, developers can learn how to avoid common mistakes and identify plan weaknesses. … Read More

Saint Tips: Communication plan for developers: earn trust, counter NIMBYs

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group, and staff 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 … Read More

SAINT TIPS to developers — strategic opposition is often invisible, here are some things to look for

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group, and staff Opponents to development are getting more and more sophisticated. Whether your opponents are neighbors angry or frightened over how your project will impact them or professional organizers paid by your competitors to stir up trouble, they are getting better at using systems and bureaucracy to their advantage. Strategic opposition comprises … Read More

Is a competitor backing angry neighbors against your development?

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group, and staff Are your opponents really just angry neighbors? Is that opposition group with two lawyers, a traffic expert and funds for full page newspaper ads really just a few guys from the neighborhood? Often the neighbors are being enflamed, organized, trained and funded by your competitors. The chief reason that your … Read More

More unwarranted assumptions that put developers’ projects in political jeopardy

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group Earlier this week, we saw in Part 1 some assumptions by developers that can lead to negative political outcomes. Here are more unwarranted assumptions that developers make that put their project in political jeopardy. Assuming opponents care about the features and benefits of a project. Nimbys fear a new … Read More