Community benefits agreements (CBAs) are the latest in a long line of tools neighbors have used to protect their neighborhood from the burdens of development, and to try to secure benefits from the proposed development. This Article canvasses the benefits and drawbacks various stakeholders perceive CBAs to offer or to threaten, and reviews the legal and policy questions CBAs present. It recommends that local governments avoid the use of CBAs in land use approval processes unless the CBAs are negotiated through processes designed to ensure the transparency of the negotiations, the representativeness and accountability of the negotiators, and the legality and enforceability of the CBAs' terms.
"Community Benefits Agreements: A New Local Government Tool or Another Variation on the Exactions Theme?,"
University of Chicago Law Review: Vol. 77
, Article 2.
Available at: http://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/uclrev/vol77/iss1/2