By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Tips for Managing the Unmanageable Every commercial real estate development team is made up of experts from a variety of disciplines. Managing them and the roller coaster-like permitting process is not for the faint of heart. With some team members, their role is clear and you can easily manage them and chart … Read More
While Wal-Mart claims to be most upset about the involvement of its competitors, the company may try to use this issue to weaken community groups and the UFCW, its long-time nemesis.”
Walmart support has been trending upward for the last five years. In 2006, 63% of all Americans said they would oppose a Walmart if it was proposed in their community. Today opposition is down to 54% with 43% supporting a local Walmart proposal, according to The Saint Index.
When demonstrating support for your controversial development project, don’t just go for the ‘usual suspects.’ Outreach to independents can make the difference.
Our friend the late Debra Stein had many good ideas on influencing the land use approval process. Here are her 12 ways to maximize support at public meetings.
Many states, counties, and municipalities now require registration and onerous disclosures for efforts that should be protected under the First Amendment’s constitutional right to petition. Yet the Court has not affirmatively recognized lobbying as a constitutionally protected activity anchored in the petition clause.
Erosion and sediment control can prove to be difficult issues with the ever-changing landscape and natural habitat loss, and for development sites these two issues can make or break a project.
Jewish neighbors in a West Los Angeles quarter dubbed the “Kosher District” are objecting to plans by Chabad, an Orthodox Jewish group, to build a new school, condos, bathhouse and stores. This 12-block stretch near Robertson Boulevard has exploded in recent years with restaurants, shops and religious institutions that serve the neighborhood’s growing Jewish population. Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, head … Read More
In the heart of Georgia, Bibbs County has drawn national attention with a new law that makes it tougher to build new cemeteries and will prohibit natural burials, The Macon Telegraph reports. Natural burial and consumer advocates say county commissioners are misinformed in their decision to severely limit cemetery locations and dictate how bodies are buried. The law doesn’t apply … Read More
Voters faced 153 statewide ballot propositions on November 4, picking and choosing according to local conditions, and not giving any indication of a prevailing national mood, the Initiative and Referendum Institute reports. With the economy souring, voters might have been expected to hold the line on government spending. But 14 of 15 bond measures appear to be heading toward passage, … Read More
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