The OP-ED below ran in Planetizen on March 18, 2015. Planetizen.com By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said that “All politics is local.” It can also be said that “All land use is political.” And the politics of land use has turned against development. Rather than generating a healthy debate … Read More
By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group In many states, like North Carolina, citizens who want to block development of a new property can get signatures from abutters and force proponents to win rezoning of a property not by a simple majority, (say 5 of 9 votes) but by a super majority, (say 6 or 7 … Read More
By Christopher Hopkins, Senior Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group When you think of miniature golf it is likely to conjure up memories of a fun family outing, that romantic first date or just a fun night out with friends during a summer vacation. But for some people it obviously brings back traumatic experiences and they feel the need to … Read More
From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group The right to advocacy involves both the right to favor a land use decision and the right to oppose one. Organized citizens oppose projects they perceive as undesirable; business competitors and developers have the right to do likewise. … Read More
From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group In Western democracies, anyone and everyone has a right to advocate for a position on an issue. Sometimes, people do it personally in a direct democracy sort of way. Other times, they hire lawyers, accountants, PR consultants, traffic … Read More
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
By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group, and staff Are your opponents really just angry neighbors? Is that opposition group with two lawyers, a traffic expert and funds for full page newspaper ads really just a few guys from the neighborhood? Often the neighbors are being enflamed, organized, trained and funded by your competitors. The chief reason that your … Read More
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.
“Developers think if they shout ‘jobs’ and ‘taxes’ loud enough it will overcome people that are afraid. There’s a disconnect there. The fear people feel becomes passion, which is easily translated into political action.” It’s time to learn new approaches to prevent that chain reaction of opposition
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