Saint University Executive Seminars

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Keeping corporate teams on the cutting edge of land use politics Saint University Executive Seminars are customized programs for corporate teams- keeping them on the cutting edge of land use politics. Our programs have been featured at The World Bank, MIT Center for Real Estate, Vanderbilt University, Urban Land Institute, International Conference of Shopping Centers, ADIT Brasil, the National Sand, … Read More

Strategic Opposition Part 5: 10 Commandments to deal with angry citizens

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By Saint Consulting Staff What can you do when some or many tactics of strategic opposition are staring you in the face?     We can offer two suggestions: for starters, Mike Saint cited first steps from what some might consider an unlikely source – the writings of Prussian soldier Carl von Clausewitz – commit resources, get good info, build … Read More

Walmart Support Grows Nationally

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Opposition now at just 50% When the Saint Index was first conducted in 2006 and Americans were asked how they would feel if a Walmart was proposed “in their community”, only 31 percent said they would support it.  Today, that number has risen 16 percentage points to 47 percent support.  Opposition to Walmart … Read More

Fear and Loathing in Land Use Politics

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group It’s ugly out there for commercial real estate developers.  The cynicism and distrust of politicians and our political system has permeated the approvals process for commercial real estate projects and it makes the process more difficult to navigate for everyone. According to the results of the 2015 Saint Index, 61 percent of Americans … Read More

The Hurdle Every Developer Faces

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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

Saint Index 2015: The Most Opposed Land Uses

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Landfills, Casinos and Power Plants lead the Saint Index most opposed land uses for 2015.  With 82% opposition to a landfill proposed in “your community”, developers need to take a hard look at the political landscape before moving forward to gain approvals.  You cannot count on being able to identify supporters and getting … 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

Question: Can You Pay NIMBY’s to Go Away?

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By Mike Saint Answer: sometimes, but other times, even One Billion Dollars is not enough to get them to stop objecting. See this story from Canada, where First Nations’ Tribe members rejected a payment from Malaysia’s Petronas LNG project that was proposed for British Columbia. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/bc-first-nations-group-rejects-1-billion-offer-from-lng/article24413849/ The lure of the money, which would be spread over 40 years, is being … 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