|From:||CHARLES PATRIZIA <CAPATRIZIA@phjw.com>|
|Date:||13 Apr 1998 09:36:35|
|Subject:||Community Participation -Reply|
Peter Straus's point is right on target from my experience. Good developers not only don't go in blind, they have alternatives that are being weighed. Whether they do a formal "fatal flaw" analysis, or simply a comparative of time, certainty and other values, the effect is the same -- they will consider the effect of community support or community opposition on the cost of development and the time it will take to complete the process. I also agree with the point that defining "community" is essential, and one that is becoming more complicated. For example, while at one time developers could simply turn to "redevelopment authorities" to handle the issues of acquisition, that is not realistic now. Moreover, the environmental justice issues (including the recent ruling in the Third Circuit the existence of a cause of action), have given local non-governmental groups an additional lever. On the other hand, the Supreme Court's standing analysis seems more focused on assuring that it is in fact local groups, with an actual injury, and not groups or interests from longer distances, that will be able to use the levers.
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