Helping Land Use Projects Move Forward
Maybe you’ve seen this scenario before: a small band of tech-savvy neighbors has come together to fight your project. You begin to see misinformation or outright falsehoods in the local paper, on Facebook or NextDoor. Some of the time-tested scare tactics mention that your project will permanently take away open space, create traffic nightmares, lead to spikes in crime, and result in plummeting home values and quality of life. There’s a reason why opponents use these same lines over and over: they’ve always worked.
As your project begins working through the public process, these time-tested misinformation campaigns begin resonating with city staff and start to influence Planning Boards and City Councils. Your project isn’t fairly portrayed in the local paper, and online chatter is only increasing. You feel trapped by the mud-slinging and outright distortions on your project, and feel powerless to the attacks.
It All Comes Down To This
Years of design and planning, consultations, neighborhood meetings, design charrettes, and extensive revisions to your site and concept plans will all come down to this moment. There’s a large crowd of angry opponents lined up to speak against your project, and you’re hoping a few people stand in support.
In this moment, can you be certain you’ve done all you can to get your project approved?
Greenlight Strategy is a boutique public affairs firm that specializes in helping purpose-driven land use projects move forward. We build pathways for companies and nonprofits throughout the public and quasi-judicial processes for approval on their mixed-use and affordable housing developments. We manage your project’s reputation before opponents can do it for you, ensuring your project can be considered on its own merits — and not on misinformation or scare tactics.
Colorado already faced a housing shortage before the pandemic, and home prices and rents have risen at their fastest rate in history since then. Our state — and especially the Front Range — now faces the most acute housing crisis in our history. And although everyone says they support building more affordable housing, vocal neighborhood opposition to sustainably designed, affordable housing has never been stronger — or more vicious.
Greenlight Strategy works exclusively on land use projects, with a special preference for working with developers that include an affordable housing component. Our clients are industry leaders in sustainability, and are designing communities and projects that recognize the linkages between housing, climate change resiliency, social equity, and mobility.
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How We Help
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and rapid response
elected officials & leaders
and political strategy
Ready to move forward?
Greenlight Strategy isn’t just a public affairs firm. We specialize in coming in at the bottom of the 9th inning, bringing a fresh arm and a demonstrated track record of successful outcomes. We don’t advertise our clients or their successes, and operate on a referral basis. If your project is stuck, please reach out and let’s see if we can move it forward!