The Tracking Toolbox

May 2010
The Partnership for Working Families

Public money that finances private development should create real outcomes for workers and communities. But the redevelopment process is extremely complicated and too often community and labor organizations have a hard time figuring out how to engage — and change — it. The Tracking Toolbox provides a basic orientation and overview of how development works – including explanations of zoning & land-use approvals, environmental impact reviews, subsidy negotiations and more. Use this manual to familiarize yourself with the basic steps most big development projects go through, from hatching a marketable idea to land acquisition, public hearings and approvals. The manual is designed to help community/labor coalitions understand the process so they can get involved early enough to transform development into a force for equity, justice and worker empowerment in their communities.