The old ways may have been good enough before, but they don t work now. Set aside conventional wisdom and embrace land use politics the compelling approach these gifted consultants detail in this clearly written guidebook will give you the skill set you need to be a victor in land use battles. --Attorney, Dwight Merriam, Author of the Complete Guide to Zoning
NIMBY wars and citizen engagement are here to stay. Politics, rational and irrational, often dramatically impact local land use decisions. This book outlines the strategies and details the tactics that are used by opponents and proponents of projects. Illustrated with examples and real life situations, the book offers the opportunity to plan ahead and gain support for good projects before they are overtaken by fear mongering and opponents. --Maureen McAvey, Executive Vice President, Urban Land Institute
In every community be it suburban, rural or urban citizens are rising up to oppose new development. Developers need to know how to work with residents and how to deal with local politics if they are going to succeed. NIMBY WARS is essential reading for anyone trying to develop real estate today. --Governor Brereton Jones, Former Kentucky Governor
From the Inside Flap
Not long ago, few places ever said no to new real estate development. Growth meant jobs, tax revenue, and progress. Smoke a cigar with the building inspector, pick up your permit, and invite the mayor to the groundbreaking photo. Then came smart growth, the anti-sprawl and anti-environmental movements, historic preservationists, and NIMBYs (those who said "not in my backyard"). At the same time, savvy business operators realized that using land use regulations to keep competitors out could protect profits far better than cutting prices after a rival's new store opened.
NIMBY Wars shows how the arena of local land use regulation has been politicized and describes in explicit detail what developers -- and their opponents -- must do to win.
Land use politics is a completely new and different discipline from the old-fashioned "local fixer" method or the press release approach to project approval. Its practitioners make no effort to peddle influence or to waste time trying to "educate" people who resolutely oppose a project. They do not treat the public as a "market" to whom they "sell" the project, and they do not harp on the developer's vision of the benefits that the project will bring the community. Instead, practitioners of land use politics practice politics -- the process by which citizens decide who gets what. Land use politics is based on citizen advocacy, not professional lobbying or presentation. The difference is considerable, and the benefits of this approach are many.
NIMBY Wars distills more than 25 years of experience in the trenches of land use battles, both for and against projects as varied as a hospital and an oil refinery. Readers will learn exactly what works and what doesn't work when it comes to influencing local decision makers faced with a controversial development proposal. Even veterans of real estate development permitting will be surprised by the sophistication, cutting-edge tactics, and effectiveness of the strategies described in NIMBY Wars.