U.S. Opposition to New Development

New data from the 2015 Saint Index shows what projects provoke the most opposition in the United States when proposed "In your community."

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June 10, 2015, 9:00 AM PDT

By Patrick Fox


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U.S. Opposition Graph
Support for new U.S. commercial development projects is trending up in virtually all categories according to The Saint Index survey of U.S. residents. The survey has been tracking opposition to development since 2006 and is showing more support than opposition for new development projects for the first time in the study’s history. Of all of the land use project types tested, only aggregate quarries and power plants have increased opposition while support for home improvement centers, grocery stores and even Walmart is way up.

While support for new development is growing, the news is not all good for developers. 72 percent of Americans said their communities are overbuilt or fine just the way they are indicating a significant hurdle for new development. Distrust and cynicism over the process by which local land use decisions are made continues to cast a shadow with 61 percent believing their community does fair to poor deciding what gets built and 54 percent believing that the relationship between local officials and developers makes the process unfair.

Saint Index Support Change 2006-2015

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