Getting to “Yes In My Backyard”: How to Build Consensus and When to Fight

APA Massachusetts Chapter


Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1 p.m.
Friday, May 19, 2017, 2:15 p.m. EDT

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Building consensus about the need for expanding housing choices for people of all incomes and planning for growth that improves everyone's quality of life can bring disagreements in communities. More people now than ever are looking to live in great neighborhoods: walkable, near jobs, transit and services. Demands on the housing market are increasingly making these places inaccessible for many. On the other hand, residents who say “Not in My Backyard” (NIMBYs) are very likely to organize quickly to communicate their opposition to a local project in an effort to curb growth, change or development. Come join us for a workshop on consensus building strategies in order to overcome these issues back in our communities. Learning objectives for session:




1) Hear about the common ground and differences between NIMBY and YIMBY groups around development

2) Gain an understanding of how project design and how it is presented can affect the community debate

3) Learn about the tactics used by well-organized community driven processes. A video from the Town of North Andover will be presented

4) Identify and connect from other YIMBY from the region 


Andre Leroux

As the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, André has led efforts to reform zoning laws, expand housing choices, increase transportation investment, and support vibrant places across the state. He helped found the Transportation for Massachusetts coalition, and established the Great Neighborhoods campaign to help communities transform themselves ... Read More

Dottie Fulginiti

Dottie Fulginiti has served as an Easton Board of Selectmen for 3 years. She also owns a small business selling technology products to a global client base. During my time on the Board, we have undertaken large infrastructure projects such as pavement management, sewer and intersection improvements. I have worked ... Read More

Erica Mattison


Brian Salazar

Brian Salazar is the Co-Founder and President of Entegra Development & Investment, LLC, a real estate company based in Andover, Massachusetts. Entegra's purpose is "To effectively portray the benefits of environmentally efficient real estate development to as many individuals, corporations, and communities as possible." Entegra's services include Green Building ... Read More

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