Commentary: “Anatomy of a NIMBY”

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By Patrick Fox, CEO This article from CityLab is an in depth look at housing NIMBYism and its impacts. I would add to the suggested remedies that going around the NIMBYs and demonstrating support from the rest of the community can be highly effective. They too have a voice in this and, while more challenging to motivate activism FOR something, … Read More

Defending Market Share

The Saint ReportCompetitors

How far can your competitors go? By Saint Consulting Staff The courts have sanctioned the right to organize community opposition that urges government officials and agencies to deny land use permits to applicants, even when the underlying motive of the opposition is protecting market share and eliminating competition. What’s more, the courts are protecting third-party funding sources, in many cases … Read More

The Usual Suspects

The Saint ReportNIMBY

These characters show up at every public hearing. You know they’re coming but are you ready for them? By Patrick Fox CEO, Saint Consulting Opponents dominate public hearings these days. They are passionate, motivated and ready to rumble while supporters tend to stay home. Local politics kill good projects every day. Successful developers have got to be even more prepared, … Read More

Pipeline’s “Universal Opposition” demonstrates systemic failure

The Saint ReportEnvironmental Planning, Land Use Campaigns, Politicians and Planning

There is no reason for any project, regardless of how controversial it is, to have universal opposition. Pipelines, like quarries, mines, power plants, casinos, landfills and a host of other land uses, are very controversial because no one wants to live near one. That’s a fact that everyone knows going in. This is a systemic failure brought about by a … Read More

Mowing Down Protesters

The Saint ReportLand Use In The News

A proposal from a North Dakota lawmaker reacting to protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline “would exempt drivers from liability if they unintentionally injure or kill a pedestrian obstructing traffic on a public road.” The action also calls for prosecuting those involved in a “riot.” Apparently, the protests are getting under their skin. “Under the proposal, those convicted of participating … Read More

Bypassing NIMBYs

The Saint ReportLand Use Campaigns, NIMBY

When the neighbors oppose (after reaching out and trying to work with them), go to the opposite end of town and work in. Explain community benefits for the entire town including tax revenue, empty nester and senior housing opportunities and quantify those benefits by household. All residents have a voice in this and you can offset intractable abutter opposition by … Read More

Managing Land Use Campaigns

The Saint ReportLand Use Campaigns

By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz 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 their … Read More

Are you ready for Opposition?

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Urban planning

Caruso learned the hard way over the years. It’s not just about the quality of the project or even community need that determines your ability to get approvals, it’s about the politics. There will be opposition but you need to be ready for it and be able to overcome it. Rick Caruso’s people do their homework and they know the … Read More

Clandestine Market Defense

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning

It’s secretly acting to protect your market share and profits from an encroaching competitor by generating and organizing community opposition. It is extremely effective and widely done. Even if you are not doing it, there is little doubt it is being done to you. It is extraordinarily difficult to get any development project approved these days. It is an opponent … Read More

NIMBYs vs Planners

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Politicians and Planning

NIMBYs vs Planners- Politics Wins!  Good projects fail despite public need, project merit or quality when local politics are ignored.  It’s an opponent driven system. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/21/development-booms-nashville-council-goes-against-planners-more-often/96585874/