Community Benefits Agreements

Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) are complex, multi-party contracts executed by several community-based organizations and one or more developers, including developers' commitments to provide a range of community benefits related to a proposed development project, and usually containing the community-based organizations' commitment to support approval of the project.

CBAs promote the core values of inclusiveness and accountability. CBAs promote inclusiveness by providing a mechanism to ensure that a broad range of community concerns are heard and addressed. They promote accountability by ensuring that promises made by developers, local government or other project proponents are made specific, legally binding and enforceable by the community.

Extensive information on CBAs is available on the Partnership's main website, including text of many existing CBAs.

The CBLC has assisted numerous community organizations in negotiating, drafting and implementing Community Benefits Agreements. The CBLC's Project Attorney, Julian Gross, drafted the nation's first, and most well-known, CBA for the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District (the "Staples" CBA). The CBLC's attorneys have published articles in legal journals and lectured at law schools and legal conferences on CBAs.