The Self-Storage Conundrum

The Saint ReportProperty Development

When your projects benefits become its negatives. Self-storage is experiencing explosive growth. Annual industry revenue in the US is now $38 billion and it remains one of the fastest growing sectors in commercial real estate with over 7% annual growth since 2012.[1]  Changing lifestyles, trends towards smaller housing units, downsizing and other factors continue to drive demand for more storage … Read More

Case Study: How About An Oil Refinery In Your Back Yard?

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 Saint Consulting was retained to help a client build the first new U.S. oil refinery in 30 years in a rural, mostly agricultural corner of the Midwest. Saint needed to get more than five square miles of agricultural land rezoned in a county where the planning and zoning commission had recently proposed creation of an agricultural preservation district. By the … Read More

12 Rules for Dealing with Reporters

The Saint ReportBusiness, Image, Land Use Campaigns, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Press Release, Strategic Communications

By Saint Consulting Staff  Many developers have in-house media professionals and retain outside experts as needed.  Relying on and listening to these experts is vital to avoid difficult situations and navigate inevitable controversies. Media training including practice interviews and rehearsals designed to pummel you with hostile and highly aggressive questions can prepare you for worst case scenarios and ready you … Read More


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Many states are slapping back against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.  By Saint Consulting Staff Courts have maintained and expanded the constitutional right to participate in government and civic affairs, speak freely on public issues, and petition government officials for redress of grievances. Yet individuals and community groups are sued for exercising these constitutional rights through “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public … Read More

The Ten Commandments of Dealing with Angry Citizens

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By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting Don’t lose your temper…ever. Always be attentive, sensitive and concerned. Listen carefully, and ask sympathetic questions. Never be sarcastic, arrogant, or dismissive — no matter how silly the complaint or allegation may be. Explain clearly and patiently, in layman’s terms, why you have done things the way you have. This gives the citizen … Read More

Political Voodoo in Land Use Politics

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Politicians and Planning

By Patrick Fox, President & CEO 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 progress. For example, the traffic engineer completes … Read More

Empowering Fools

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Property Development, Saint News, Strategic Communications, Thought Leadership

Dealing with the Idiotic, Irrational and Incomprehensible By Patrick Fox, President & CEO The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. – Albert Einstein Anyone advocating for a controversial initiative today must learn to deal with the fear of change, cynicism and NIMBYism that now permeates the public discourse. True professionals understand and expect vocal and engaged … Read More

Utilizing Social Media in Land Use Battles

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By Courtney Graziano, Senior Vice President & Director of Saint Digital On June 27, 2017, Facebook hit 2 Billion users. Now, more than ever, developers must utilize the power of social media and social sharing to motivate supporters. The water cooler is no longer where projects live and die, that space is now Facebook and apps like Next Door. Here … Read More

Tailoring the Message

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Saint Consulting Case Study With over 30 years of experience on over 2000 challenging projects in 48 US states and 5 countries, we have seen it all. This is one of our favorites.   The client wanted to build four Class A office buildings in an upper-middle-class city in which 90 percent of the land was zoned residential and development … Read More