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

CAVE People Threaten Commercial Real Estate Projects

The Saint ReportLand Use Campaigns, NIMBY

By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz Whether you call them NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard), BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) or CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything), they are organizing to stop your project and, often, they are winning. Regardless of how good you think your project is and how hard you may have worked to … Read More

5 Land Use Campaign Essentials

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning

By Patrick Fox, President & CEO There is a basic foundation to an effective campaign and if you understand some simple principles, you will know the right questions to ask, how to chart your progress and how to manage those unmanageable consultants. More time and money gets wasted in land use political campaigns than you know. An old saying in advertising … Read More

Like Winter- The Opposition is Coming

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Saint Consulting Links

By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz 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 Saint Index, our international study of land use activism, people … Read More

Hiding is not a strategy

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning

By Patrick Fox, CEO The opponents are coming whether they are anxious abutters, political opportunists, competitor funded rabble-rousers or local activists. Keeping quiet doesn’t cut it anymore.  Then why are so many developers still keeping a low profile and walking into public hearings blind and unprepared? Some think they can win approvals simply because “It’s a good project.” Good projects … Read More

Top 10 CRE Developer Mistakes

The Saint ReportLand Use Campaigns, Planning and Zoning

By Patrick Fox, CEO History is constantly repeating with developers making these same old mistakes. Learn from experience and have a strategy to avoid these common problems. 1. “Don’t tell anyone anything.” There was a time when keeping your plans quiet and slipping in under the radar actually worked but that was long ago. Filing a plan in July or … Read More

Commentary: “Anatomy of a NIMBY”

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links

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