What is Land Use Politics

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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 Land use politics is a completely new discipline, different from the old-fashioned ward-heeler fixer regime. While it might use public relations elements, it is a far cry from the sort of press release approach to project approval that … Read More

Why Good Projects Fail

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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 Land use decisions are really political decisions and are subject to the same rules of play that control political campaigns for office, ballot questions, or passing a bill in the council, legislature, or parliament: plan a campaign, devise … Read More

Land Use Politics: Winning Project Approvals in a NIMBY World

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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 Land use politics is a new discipline in land use permitting that employs sophisticated political campaign strategies and tactics to help ordinary citizens influence public officials’ discretionary land use decisions. It is not lobbying, and its practitioners do … Read More

“Good Project” Is Not Good Enough

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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 Some projects are sure to tickle the NIMBY bone in abutters and nearby neighbors, and some projects are simply objectionable Locally Unwanted Land Uses (LULUs). But what about developers who work hard to make their projects “green,” set … Read More

NIMBY Wars: Preparing a Defense Campaign To Stop a Project

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(Editor’s Note: Continuing our installments from NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use, this chapter sets out requirements for managing defense in a land use politics campaign – such campaigns each mobilize local citizens but for different purposes and require different strategies and tactics) By P. Michael Saint, Robert J. Flavell and Patrick F. Fox Most modern-day citizens are automatically … Read More

NIMBY Wars: Offense and Defense in Land Use Political Campaigns

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(Editor’s Note: Some of our newer readers are not familiar with NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use. The next two installments set out  differences between offense and defense in land use politics campaigns – such campaigns each mobilize local citizens but for different purposes and require different strategies and tactics) By P. Michael Saint, Robert J. Flavell and Patrick … Read More

Perception is reality, fear of change drives opposition to development

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(Editor’s note: Some of our newer readers are not familiar with NIMBY Wars – The Politics of Land Use. The Saint Report will post excerpts of the book, which is the culmination of 30 years of  land use battles by The Saint Consulting Group) By P. Michael Saint, Robert J. Flavell and Patrick F. Fox Land use proposals affect people’s perceptions—and in … Read More

Cape Cod Times interviews Mike Saint on How to Wage NIMBY Wars

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“Nowadays, development brings out the Not-In-My-Back-Yard naysayers, no matter how much “economic growth” or “community benefit” is in sight,” Saint Consulting’s authors note in NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use. “Of course, “if the only opposition to a project proposal is from competitors or outside interest groups, local officials aren’t generally going to pay much heed. But fill the hall with angry constituents with their built-in credibility and right to vote, and local public officials will sit up, listen, and usually act accordingly,” the authors write.