Community services defined in a CBA may cover a number of priority themes by the Community Coalition, such as. B affordable housing, local and targeted hiring, minimum wage requirements, open spaces, etc. CBA conditions can be imposed directly on developers by coalition organizations and provide these organizations with a level of security that traditional planning processes cannot. If CSAs work well, this integration process – and a reliable legal mechanism – can help bring concrete economic and social benefits to the communities concerned. When local governments considered their responsibility to design patterns of development and land use, the community benefits movement was created to challenge conventional thinking and offer a broader vision. In the context of smart growth and environmental equity, the community benefits movement aims to ensure that economic development has as its primary objective to bring measurable and sustainable improvements to the lives of the inhabitants concerned, especially in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Organizations allied with the Community Social Benefits Movement have lobbied the public sector to play a more strategic role in land use planning and urban growth and to use economic development grants to create good jobs, affordable housing and community-based services that improve the quality of life for all residents. [4] BCAs are being negotiated before a development is submitted to the city for approval. This allows community members to get early input into the planning process, and the coalition also has the opportunity to keep developers around the table. Before the groundbreaking, a development project usually has to overcome several obstacles, for example. B grant applications, zoning amendments and building permits.

Most of these permissions have a public entry process that allows organized communities to block a project or insist that they change it. But with a CBA signed, the developer, with the full support of the coalition, goes to the city for approval at these public hearings. In general, developers have agreed on BCAs to speed up or increase the likelihood of getting the land use permits or subsidies they want from the city government. Community coalitions were able to gain strength by taking advantage of critical windows during the development planning phase. . . .