Bypassing NIMBYs

The Saint ReportLand Use Campaigns, NIMBY

By Patrick Fox, CEO 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 … 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/

Approval Rescinded because of Local Pressure

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning

To win a local approval on a pipeline project is just about the toughest fight there is. To have it rescinded in the face of public opposition is an outrageous avoidable failure. They ignored the local politics, did not keep an eye on their opponent’s activities and did not organize their supporters. The time and resources lost are devastating and … Read More

Opposition to Development Exploding Internationally

The Saint ReportUncategorized

Opposition to development has exploded not only in the US but across representative democracies globally. Virtually everyone believes they can facilitate change while social media tools help make everyone an organizer. While undoubtedly a great leap forward for citizen engagement, the problem is that those engaged tend to be opponents – supporters stay home. This imbalance causes a political backlash … Read More

The Protestors are Coming

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning

The protesters are coming in greater numbers. Two ways to handle it: Get in the bunker and hope you can survive the onslaught as the politics of fear and confusion potentially makes your project politically unviable or stand up and fight. Your project had better have great merit and community benefits. Build a supporter base and demonstrate support! The bunker mentality does … Read More

Truthiness and CRE Rules of Engagement

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Property Development, Saint Consulting Links

By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz Credibility is crucial for commercial developers but not so much for their opponents. The greatest advantage held by opponents today is that they can throw any allegation, facts or figures without regard for accuracy – and the burden falls upon the developer to disprove it! The traffic study says the project will generate … Read More

How Opponents Hijacked the Planning Process

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning

By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said that “All politics is local.” It can also be said that “All land use is political.” And the politics of land use has turned against development. Rather than generating a healthy debate on the merits of a proposal and weeding out projects lacking … Read More