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
By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group The Saint Consulting Group often does seminars for trade associations, client real estate departments and other groups. A popular topic is “How to Kill a Real Estate Project”. By learning the techniques that opposition groups utilize to derail a project, developers can learn how to avoid common mistakes and identify plan weaknesses. … Read More
By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group, and staff 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 … Read More
Canadian tribal nations spoke at the Bank of Montreal AGM to oppose a oil pipeline that would carry tar sands bitumen 800 miles from Albert to British Columbia.
we identify supporters, organise them and then point them at their local politicians. This balances the debate and makes politicians vote sensibly, rather than appease a small band of protestors.
A Moslem community in Brentwood, Tennessee, has decided to drop plans to build a local mosque after a planning battle thrust religion into the middle of a land use dispute. The Tennessean, reporting on the story, said that it highlights a trend where plans for building places of worship face growing resistance.
The US Chamber of Commerce has drawn attention to energy projects around the country that face a kind of Green versus Green struggle over many clean and renewable energy projects.
Natural supporters and opponents are people with innate or personal reasons for supporting or opposing a project. They don’t need to be sold either way, but they might not come forward and take a position if the political manager doesn’t reach out and encourage them.
We identify supporters, organise them and then point them at their local politicians. This balances the debate and makes politicians vote sensibly, rather than appease a small band of protestors.
Community outreach helps to identify potential opposition and objections, and gives developers time to propose mitigation and improvements before the public hearing.