By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group A client recently asked me how to deal with an angry mob. If you are confronting an angry mob of residents opposing your project at a public hearing, you’re not alone. I can tell you it is happening across the US and Europe with greater intensity and frequency. But what now? If … Read More
Planners Web, a key site for citizen planners and zoning boards, has published the third in a series of Saint Consulting articles – 10 Things You Should Know About Project Opponents. The article, written by Patrick Fox, Saint Consulting’s president, follows earlier articles on Ten Things You Should Know About How the Public Feels About Development, and Ten Things You Should Know … Read More
The issues of planning, land use development and NIMBYs in China are taking on a new form as the country holds local public hearings to explain plans for village development zones, called V-Zones. The South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based daily, looks at the phenomenon and reports on opposition from villagers and green groups to these plans in the … Read More
By Patrick Fox, The Saint Consulting Group A client recently asked me how to deal with an angry mob. If you are confronting an angry mob of residents opposing your project at a public hearing, you’re not alone. I can tell you it is happening across the US and Europe with greater intensity and frequency. But what now? If you … Read More
Waste & Recycling News asked Jay Vincent, Saint Consulting’s business practice leader for the waste industry, to talk in a video about overcoming community opposition and generating positive support for waste and landfill projects. John Campanelli, editor of Waste & Recycling News, met Jay at Wastecon in Washington, DC earlier this month, where Jay gave a presentation on Engaging the … Read More
It is possible for developers to unlock latent support in the community for their projects, rather than just try and combat the small scale opposition they face on each application.
It doesn’t matter how good a project is, NIMBYs oppose everything. Without countering this opposition, developers face an uphill battle and, as a result, we see good projects die every day. If the developer happens to be a railroad, however, there is an additional tool in its arsenal that is not normally available — preemption under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (ICCTA)
68% of Americans say they are more likely to support new real estate development projects in their communities because of the current economic situation. Support due to the economy has risen 9 points since last year.
The vast majority of active project opponents tend to be direct abutters or neighbors of the proposed project. They are often acting out of fear of the unknown- How will this project impact me? What will it mean to my real estate values? How will it affect my commute?
Active support for development has been trending up for the last five years. In 2006, Americans were twice as likely to actively oppose a project as to support one. Now the levels of opposition and support are virtually tied with those who have actively opposed at 20%.