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Now, everyone with an interest and a willingness to get involved can, and likely will, have a say in the final land use decisions. from the small network of “connected” individuals – developers, planners, and elected officials – into realm of advocacy and politics. Now, everyone with an interest and a willingness to get involved can, and likely will, have a say in the final land use decisions. And, like it or not, the approving agencies at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels are more likely to err on the side of doing nothing. They will often even turn down projects that propose to reclaim damaged or abandoned industrial sites, because the reclaimed site could change – forget making better or worse – traffic patterns, noise levels, dust levels, or any number of other site factors. Saint and his co-authors show that to have your project approved, you must be prepared to address citizen and special interest concerns before they become an insurmountable block for the elected officials who are reviewing your plans. Project

proponents must demonstrate to everyone involved that they have a plan to develop in a manner that will improve the area, while still protecting the interests, rights, and habits of all those other interested parties. Saint continues, The coal industry should recognize better than most the perfect storm that hits when NIMBY groups and competitors gang up to press a political attack. Valid scientific studies and technology can be ignored when one side controls the politics. The authors pull from their 25+ years of direct land use planning experience to reveal that although proper land use planning is an involved and expensive proposition, trying to cut corners will be far more expensive, and will likely get your proposal rejected. Thankfully, they also show that all is not lost and a mining company, utility, or developer can still

pilot their way through this increasingly complex and costly maze. NIMBY Wars provides an in-depth review of the recent changes in land use planning. It describes how land use planning has moved away from top-down controls, away from science and reason, and into the realm of feeling and politics. They explain how to develop an offensive plan against a development or a defensive campaign for a development, they show how to enlist locals (or “citizen soldiers”), they describe the development of campaign plans and back up plans for when Plans A, B, and C don’t work. They also provide a detailed appendix of their past case work that shows how land use policy is made today. Call it your own personal yellow brick road (map) to land use planning, because without it and the information it holds, you’re not likely to enlist the aid of a local Glenda the Good Witch. And we all know that without Glenda helping out, you’re not making it past the hordes of wingedmonkeys and wicked witches that are hovering over your next development.  u For more information on NIMBY Wars or to order this book, go to nimbywars.com

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