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Date: January 2005
Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) - deals between developers and coalitions of community organizations, addressing a broad range of community needs - are safeguards to ensure that affected residents share in the benefits of major developments. They allow community groups to have a voice in shaping a project, to press for community benefits that are tailored to their particular needs, and to enforce developer's promises. CBAs are only one aspect of a growing new movement towards community benefits in landuse planning, taking shape through labor-community partnerships around the country.