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

How to Win Community Support for Development: Nine Key Steps

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group With large-scale development often facing clamors of opposition, generating community support for a project is a challenge to developers. To persuade a community to support a new project often means overcoming issues of property use, real estate value, traffic, environmental issues or character of a neighborhood. A developer needs a strategic communications … Read More

Good projects die every day, how to counter NIMBY, BANANA and CAVE

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Whether you call them NIMBYs, BANANAs, CAVE* people or uninformed, selfish nutcases, they are organizing to stop your project and, often, they are winning.  Regardless of how good you think your project is and how hard you may have worked to address community needs they are still there screaming bloody murder at … Read More

Strategic Opposition Part 3: you may not see development opponents coming

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By Saint Consulting Staff Competitors engaging in strategic opposition are generally invisible to the public; their operations are private; their objectives are cloaked; and their consultants and operatives always attack from the high moral ground. They never admit that they oppose the project because it means competition. Instead, they find a solid, community-based, politically correct, high moral ground on which … Read More

Strategic Communications: Budgeting Your Resources to Win

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group In our last discussion, we talked about the importance of determining whether you can win before determining how much money you need.  Once you determine whether you can win, how much money you’ll need is based on how you plan on allocating your resources, which is one of the most difficult decisions to make. … Read More

The changing landscape for real estate development strategy: Part 5 Competing outside the box

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group So, how do companies use the planning process to raise barriers to entry into a geographic market? Some participate in the local planning process in ways that seek to limit the areas where new competitors are allowed to locate. Some seek to ban new commercial zones, for example, or … Read More

Changing landscape for real estate development strategy: Part 1 David and Goliath

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group     Let’s talk about David and Goliath. Not the metaphor. The Bible story. For those of you who have not had a chance to read 1 Samuel 17:1-58 lately, here is a summary: Goliath is a 9-foot-plus-tall Philistine warrior, dressed in heavy armor, who challenges the Israelites to … Read More

Regardless how good your project is, people are organizing against it

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By Patrick Fox,President, The Saint Consulting Group Whether you call them NIMBYs, BANANAs, CAVE*, people or uninformed, selfish nutcases, they are organizing to stop your project and, often, they are winning.  Regardless of how good you think your project is and how hard you may have worked to address community needs they are still there screaming bloody murder at the … Read More

The changing landscape for real estate development strategy: Part 5 Competing outside the box

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group So, how do companies use the planning process to raise barriers to entry into a geographic market? Some participate in the local planning process in ways that seek to limit the areas where new competitors are allowed to locate. Some seek to ban new commercial zones, for example, or … Read More

Strategic Communications: Public Relations not easy to quantify

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group In an earlier post, we discussed evaluating grassroots organizing and GOTV efforts based on their quantifiable results.  The efficacy of these methods of strategic communications is relatively easy to measure due to the ability to analyze them using a randomized experimental design.  While grassroots advocacy is absolutely essential for any land use campaign, … Read More