Walmart Support Grows Nationally

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Opposition now at just 50% When the Saint Index was first conducted in 2006 and Americans were asked how they would feel if a Walmart was proposed “in their community”, only 31 percent said they would support it.  Today, that number has risen 16 percentage points to 47 percent support.  Opposition to Walmart … Read More

Fear and Loathing in Land Use Politics

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group It’s ugly out there for commercial real estate developers.  The cynicism and distrust of politicians and our political system has permeated the approvals process for commercial real estate projects and it makes the process more difficult to navigate for everyone. According to the results of the 2015 Saint Index, 61 percent of Americans … Read More

FREE Webinar – Saint Index 2015

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Support for new U.S. commercial development projects is trending up in virtually all categories according to The Saint Index survey of U.S. residents. The survey has been tracking opposition to development since 2006 and is showing more support than opposition for new development projects for the first time in the study’s history. Of all of the land use project types … Read More

The Hurdle Every Developer Faces

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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

Saint Index 2015: The Most Opposed Land Uses

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Landfills, Casinos and Power Plants lead the Saint Index most opposed land uses for 2015.  With 82% opposition to a landfill proposed in “your community”, developers need to take a hard look at the political landscape before moving forward to gain approvals.  You cannot count on being able to identify supporters and getting … Read More

Support for New Development Trending Up

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Support for new U.S. commercial development projects is trending up in virtually all categories according to The Saint Index survey of U.S. residents.  The survey has been tracking opposition to development since 2006 and is showing more support than opposition for new development projects for the first time in the study’s history.  Of … Read More

Nimby Wars Far More Nuanced Than Often Described

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group NIMBY’s are often in the news these days and the press stories seldom catch the complexity, nuances and shades of grey in such land use fights. For example:  Says Forbes: “San Francisco NIMBY’s Reach New Low With Anti-Arena Stance.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottbeyer/2015/05/01/san-francisco-nimbys-reach-new-low-with-anti-arena-stance/  Says the UK’s Daily Mail: “Nimby homeowners stop young … Read More

Credibility? Developers don’t have any, only a target on your back

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group No matter how good you are or how many times you have gone above and beyond to ensure your projects are designed and built to the highest standards, you come to town with a target on your back.  No matter how many times you have made commitments to neighbors and local officials … Read More

10 Things You Should Know about Public Attitudes to Development

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Planners Web, a key site for citizen planners and zoning boards, has published a feature by Patrick Fox, president of The Saint Consulting Group, on 10 things planners should know about public attitudes towards development. The site grew out of the quarterly Planning Commissioners Journal and provides  articles and postings on a wide range of planning issues, as well as … Read More