The Hurdle Every Developer Faces

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Saint Index, saintblog, Thought Leadership

By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group According to the 2015 Saint Index,  72% of Americans say their community is overdeveloped or fine just the way it is.  They are saying they want the door closed and all development stopped in their community. This is the hurdle eve ry developer starts with on every project.  Even communities desperate for jobs, … Read More

Support for New Development Trending Up

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Support for new U.S. commercial development projects is trending up in virtually all categories according to The Saint Index survey of U.S. residents.  The survey has been tracking opposition to development since 2006 and is showing more support than opposition for new development projects for the first time in the study’s history.  Of … Read More

Why Open Public Meetings Go So 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 A standard approach for convincing the public about the benefits of a development is conducting large open public meetings. The usual purpose of these events is to inform the public, answer people’s questions, put their fears and concerns … 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

Changing landscape for real estate development strategy: Part 4 gaining competitive advantage

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group The competitive landscape is changing. Increasing government laws and regulations make it possible for some firms to win while their competitors lose, by expanding the competition beyond the traditional boxes. See Wharton Business School Professor Richard Shell’s outstanding book, Make the Rules or Your Rivals Will. These days competition is … Read More

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

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, NIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership, Urban planning

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

125 arguments and techniques opponents use to derail a real estate project — Part 1

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership

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

Politics is great unknown in permitting any land use: do your homework

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By Christopher Hopkins Senior Vice President, Aggregates and Mining The Saint Consulting Group You drill to confirm that the product on the site is suitable, and your consultants conduct scientific studies to show your quarry expansion or greenfield project won’t damage water sources or the environment. The results are good, and you’re ready to file for permits. But not so … Read More

The risks in using a local political fixer to win your real estate project

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman, The Saint Consulting Group Many experienced developers believe that if they need help to overcome neighborhood opposition to their projects, they should find and hire the local political fixer – the consultant who has worked on the mayor’s campaigns or has been involved in many political battles in that community for candidates and issues. We … Read More

Chris Hopkins To Host Session on Political Hurdles of Mine Permitting at Re:Con 2012

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Christopher Hopkins, the senior vice president for aggregates and mining for The Saint Consulting Group, will host a session on “Navigating the Political Hurdles of Mine Permitting” at the Re:Con 2012 on January 15-18 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL.