By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group There are those who argue that NIMBYs, (those who oppose new development near their homes) are just plain selfish. They are placing their own happiness ahead of the greater good. For example, when nearby residents oppose wind farms that will generate clean electric power for the good of the … Read More
By Chris Hopkins, Senior Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group You have just finished a long and bruising permitting process. Your opponents were aggressive and some were even ruthless, but in the end you prevailed, you received all of your permits and are readying to open for business. Before you open, some community members approach you to discuss keeping a … Read More
More often than not, NIMBY fights are really a battle between two sets of values, two sets of priorities, each equally good, but unable to co-exist in the same place.
Ripeness is a good defense for government lawyers and ripeness rules do make sense where they prevent a case from being tried prematurely, because it is almost always better for all concerned if property owners and government have an opportunity to resolve their differences.
there is nothing funny about the importance of working with communities and taking those steps to mitigate problems with a land use application that is feasible and responsible.
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object – a moratorium to promote sustainable development runs into the constitutional right to the exercise of religion?
You’ve won planning permssion for your quarry. Remember what Sun Tzu said in 400 B.C., “keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer”. This may not be war but the same philosophy could be used in this situation. You can ignore your opponents and the community in general but if you take this attitude what will happen?
March 18, 2009 Quarry Management British attitudes have hardened against various types of land development, particularly quarries, even in the midst of economic recession and with the promise of new jobs that such projects can bring, according to the latest UK Saint Index – an annual survey on public attitudes to development. The 2009 survey carried out by The Saint … Read More
August 1, 2008 Retail Traffic They started as a way for college students to connect with their peers without getting off the couch, but today social networking sites are gaining momentum as one of the tools real estate developers can use to gain support for their projects. Since signing up for a profile costs nothing and has the potential to … Read More
The nationwide theme of the American public seems to be: No New Development, according to the latest public survey by The Saint Consulting Group. Patrick Fox, Saint Consulting’s president, writes in Land Development, the magazine for the National Association of Home Builders, that the latest Saint Index found that 78 percent of Americans believe new development should not occur in … Read More