Broken Planning: How Opponents Hijacked the Planning Process

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The OP-ED below ran in Planetizen on March 18, 2015. Planetizen.com  By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said that “All politics is local.” It can also be said that “All land use is political.” And the politics of land use has turned against development. Rather than generating a healthy debate … Read More

Land Use Trends

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group Now that we at Saint Consulting Group have been running and winning land use political campaigns for 30 years, we can point to a number of trends that have emerged. Increased government regulation. As time has passed, local officials, pushed by various special interests and NIMBY’s, and trying to … Read More

Nimby Wars Far More Nuanced Than Often Described

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group NIMBY’s are often in the news these days and the press stories seldom catch the complexity, nuances and shades of grey in such land use fights. For example:  Says Forbes: “San Francisco NIMBY’s Reach New Low With Anti-Arena Stance.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottbeyer/2015/05/01/san-francisco-nimbys-reach-new-low-with-anti-arena-stance/  Says the UK’s Daily Mail: “Nimby homeowners stop young … Read More

NIMBYs, Mini-Golf, Really?

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By Christopher Hopkins, Senior Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group When you think of miniature golf it is likely to conjure up memories of a fun family outing, that romantic first date or just a fun night out with friends during a summer vacation. But for some people it obviously brings back traumatic experiences and they feel the need to … Read More

Politics, Not Marketing

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group “Smart Marketing” seldom overcomes opposition to new real estate projects because land use permits are a political challenge, which cannot be won with clever merchandising or public relations. I read an article last week in Senior Housing News by reporter Tim Mullaney entitled, “How Smart Marketing Combats NIMBY Woes … 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

Strategic Communications: Introducing Our Communications Strategy Matrix

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group During the course of this series on strategic communications we have evaluated various voter outreach approaches.  As we are sure you concluded, the best means of voter outreach for one activity is not necessarily the best means for another.  For example, though direct mail is very effective for voter education, it is less … Read More