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

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

By Patrick Fox, CEO 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 … Read More

Mowing Down Protesters

The Saint ReportLand Use In The News

By Patrick Fox, CEO 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, … Read More