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Meaningful Community Participation In Land Use Decision Making Through Ad Hoc Procedures In New Haven, Connecticut, Laura Huizar May 2011

Meaningful Community Participation In Land Use Decision Making Through Ad Hoc Procedures In New Haven, Connecticut, Laura Huizar

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The last few decades have seen efforts to develop community-based planning models and other mechanisms for increased community participation in the land use approval process. Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs), in particular, have risen in popularity across the nation as a tool for ensuring meaningful participation in development. Such agreements generally arise from direct negotiation between community groups and developers where community groups push to secure community benefits in exchange for support. At the same time, however, takings law doctrine may be shifting in a way that could dissuade cities from actively incorporating community groups into planning or negotiating with developers ...