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
Saint Consulting will be offering six Webinars in 2015 covering some of our most requested topics. Our second topic will be New Technology and Tools in Land Use Campaigns presented by Courtney Graziano and Patrick Fox on February 24, 2015. This Webinar will cover how social media, digital tools and fast moving technology is increasing effectiveness, speed and efficiency of … Read More
Patrick Fox, the President of The Saint Consulting Group, is scheduled to speak at Emerson College on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. As a consultant for Wynn Resorts, Patrick was invited to participate in a panel discussion on Question 3, a statewide ballot referendum to repeal the Massachusetts gaming law. Saint Consulting was instrumental in securing a gaming license for Wynn … Read More
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
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.
Our friend the late Debra Stein had many good ideas on influencing the land use approval process. Here are her 12 ways to maximize support at public meetings.
As consultants who have worked on land use project battles in the US, in the UK and in Canada and who have conducted national public opinion polls in all three countries for several years, we disagree with the conclusions of the University of Manchester study described on NIMBY Experts Aug. 4, headlined “Nimbies do not exist according to new study”.
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?
Many states, counties, and municipalities now require registration and onerous disclosures for efforts that should be protected under the First Amendment’s constitutional right to petition. Yet the Court has not affirmatively recognized lobbying as a constitutionally protected activity anchored in the petition clause.
“Developers think if they shout ‘jobs’ and ‘taxes’ loud enough it will overcome people that are afraid. There’s a disconnect there. The fear people feel becomes passion, which is easily translated into political action.” It’s time to learn new approaches to prevent that chain reaction of opposition