Nimby Assessment

Identifying NIMBY Attitudes

Those with NIMBY attitudes might not directly state their objection to a specific development or admit to the true reason for their opposition. They might instead invoke more discreet methods of obstructing unwanted development, including:

  • Exerting pressure on local government to use zoning restrictions, group home licensing policies, and other policy and regulatory means to impede development of projects.

    Example: Opponents might lobby for a moratorium on group housing. They might cite overcrowding prevention as their justification for the policy change, when the true motivation is NIMBYism. See the spacing restrictions case study for more information.

  • Exerting pressure on funding sources—including state and local government—to withdraw financial support for projects.

    Example: Opponents might lobby city council members to reject a project on the basis of budget constraints, while their true motivation is NIMBYism rather than a desire for fiscal restraint. See the site control case study for more information.

  • Vandalizing or otherwise destroying property necessary to the development of projects.

    Example: Opponents might deface the building where a supportive housing project is planned, hoping to intimidate the developer into choosing another location. See the Funding Barriers Case Study for more information.

The case studies found in this training will help you to identify these and other manifestations of NIMBY attitudes.