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Quarries Still High On Opposition List


Data from The Saint Consulting Group shows that the economic recession has made Americans more willing to support new commercial projects in their community

Data from The Saint Consulting Group shows that the economic recession has made Americans more willing to support new commercial projects in their community. Yet, quarries remains among the top in drawing community opposition--coming in a distant third to landfills and casinos.

Of 1,000 adults interviewed nationwide, 68% said they are more likely to support new projects in their hometown in light of the current economic situation. That is up nearly 10% from one year ago, according to the annual Saint Index survey attitudes about real estate projects and development.

Opposition to several types of big retail projects continued to drop, especially when compared to attitudes measured five years ago. Opposition fell--and support increased--for a local Wal-Mart, a large department store (Target, K-mart) and a home improvement center (Home Depot, Loweís).

Saint Index 2010 results suggest the prolonged economic downturn is undermining Americaís Not In My Back Yard attitude, but interviews also found resistance to development persists when Americans look at their own community.

ìIt is a significant trend that more Americans say they support projects and fewer are opposed,î Patrick Fox, president of The Saint Consulting Group, said. ìBut anyone wanting to get a project approved should also know that three out of four Americans also believe their city or town is already overdeveloped or fine the way it is.î

When considering their own community in that context, 74% of American adults donít want new development. Just 24% said their hometown needs new development.

Asked what type of development project theyíd most like to see in their community, one in four Americans (26%) still said, none--by far the most common response. The most unwanted projects are a landfill (74% opposed), a casino (72%) and a quarry (59%).

The Saint Index is conducted annually by The Saint Consulting Group to track and quantify the politics of land use, including who actively opposes and supports real estate projects and why.