Ways to kill a real estate project – how opponents try to derail development, Part 2

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, NIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership, Urban planning

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

SAINT TIPS to developers — strategic opposition is often invisible, here are some things to look for

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership

By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group, and staff Opponents to development are getting more and more sophisticated. Whether your opponents are neighbors angry or frightened over how your project will impact them or professional organizers paid by your competitors to stir up trouble, they are getting better at using systems and bureaucracy to their advantage. Strategic opposition comprises … Read More

Is a competitor backing angry neighbors against your development?

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Retail, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog

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

More unwarranted assumptions that put developers’ projects in political jeopardy

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Urban planning

By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group Earlier this week, we saw in Part 1 some assumptions by developers that can lead to negative political outcomes. Here are more unwarranted assumptions that developers make that put their project in political jeopardy. Assuming opponents care about the features and benefits of a project. Nimbys fear a new … Read More

Unwarranted assumptions by developers lead to negative political outcomes – Part 1

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog

By P. Michael Saint, Chairman, The Saint Consulting Group Developers and project managers hoping to win permits to build new facilities sometimes make unwarranted assumptions that lead to negative political outcomes. In the first of two articles, here are a few: Assuming they know and understand the local politics. Even experienced developers often assume they know more about the local … Read More

The risks in using a local political fixer to win your real estate project

The Saint ReportPoliticians and Planning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog

By P. Michael Saint, Chairman, The Saint Consulting Group Many experienced developers believe that if they need help to overcome neighborhood opposition to their projects, they should find and hire the local political fixer – the consultant who has worked on the mayor’s campaigns or has been involved in many political battles in that community for candidates and issues. We … Read More

Ways to kill a real estate project – how opponents try to derail development, Part 2

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, NIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Transportation, Urban planning0 Comments

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