What Is A Benefits Agreement
Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) campaigns have become commonplace across the country to end low-income inequality. A CBA is a contract between a coalition of community groups and a developer in which the developer agrees to provide a number of economic benefits in exchange for the coalition`s promise not to oppose the development project. The CBA movement took its roots in the early 2000s with the efforts of local coalitions to ensure sustainable wages, local hiring and green building requirements for low-income communities, which were traditionally excluded from the planning process for the development of their own neighbourhoods. The CBA, which was negotiated in 2001 on the development of L.A. Live, a large entertainment complex in Los Angeles, is considered the first major CBA to benefit low-income communities. The consensus among the parties concerned indicated that KARA did represent the interests of the people of the Community in order to share the economic benefits of the rehabilitation of the weapons arsenal. The Bronx Borough office, President Reuben Diaz Jr. paid tribute to KARA among other representatives of municipal interests and elected officials during the 2008 CBA negotiations.  A key question that will be asked in the future, considering that coalitions are not elected, is whether community coalitions should be the exclusive representatives of representatives of community interests. To be enforceable, CBAs must be set up between coalitions and developers; Government officials cannot compel their duties to impose future conditions and the government is limited by the Supreme Court under what conditions it can apply it.
Therefore, if elected officials are unable or unable to require developers of large projects to offer common economic benefits, CBAs, negotiated with representative and inclusive community coalitions, can play a powerful role. Community coalitions recognize that new quality development is essential to the development of prosperity. Coalitions are looking for a role in the design of this evolution and know that no one will win if the project fails. What is happening in Somerville reflects to some extent what happened in Kingsbridge: a coalition of community groups asked for the right to negotiate directly with a developer the common benefits of a particular development. The Union United coalition consists of 17 distinct groups and appears to be inclusive and representative of different community interests, and the group says it continues to organize.