Opposition to Development Exploding Internationally

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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

Unknowns in Land Use Politics

The Saint ReportSaint News, Thought Leadership

Political due diligence in commercial real estate By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz Any company making decisions about a commercial real estate deal does a lot of due diligence. They study demographics, market share, infrastructure, and deal financials among other things. What too many still fail to do is a political due diligence. All land use decisions are political … Read More

Saint University Executive Seminars

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Retail, Saint Consulting Links, saintblog, Thought Leadership

Keeping corporate teams on the cutting edge of land use politics Saint University Executive Seminars are customized programs for corporate teams- keeping them on the cutting edge of land use politics. Our programs have been featured at The World Bank, MIT Center for Real Estate, Vanderbilt University, Urban Land Institute, International Conference of Shopping Centers, ADIT Brasil, the National Sand, … Read More

Nimbyism at all time high

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By Nick Keable | Chief Executive at Development Intelligence Originally published on LinkedIn NIMBY-ism in Britain is at an all-time high, according to our latest DI Tracker survey. For the past three years we’ve been surveying the general public and elected councillors about their views on different types of development, as well as their attitudes towards developers and the planning system. … Read More

Anti-Competitive Organizing- Is That Legal?

The Saint ReportPoliticians and Planning, Thought Leadership

By Patrick Fox, President and CEO Petitioning government is a protected activity even when opposition to a development project is supported by anonymous third parties with anti- competitive motives. 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 … Read More

Housing activists vs environment activists?

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Property Development, Urban planning

By Mike Saint, Chairman For years the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has made it more difficult to build certain kinds of unpopular (but needed) real estate development. CEQA appeals could take years to be resolved and add huge costs to the developers. In his 2009 book, the Housing Boom and Bust, economist Thomas Sowell pointed out that in 2008 the exact same house … Read More

“But it’s a good project!”- The Losers Lament

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Thought Leadership

By Patrick Fox, President & CEO Whether you call them NIMBYs, BANANAs, CAVE* people or simply scared and uninformed, 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 address community needs they are still there screaming bloody murder at the public … Read More