How do we deal with an “apathetic” public? Or is that the wrong question for us to be asking?
In the old days, most people thought you could not fight progress or City Hall. But after 20 years of high-profile development fights all over the country, every man and woman now believes they can fight back and win.
This week, Patrick Fox considers ten important things you should know about project applicants. On Wednesday he’ll return with a look at what you should know about project opponents.
In the first of a three part series, Patrick Fox draws on results from his firm’s public attitudes survey on what Americans think of development and the planning process.
Citizen planning academies can provide a good way of better informing citizens about how the planning process works — while also building up a “bench” of future planning board members.
Stuart Andreason provides highlights from the “Technicity” course — about the good, the bad, and the unknown of using technology for public engagement.
Greg Dale explores why fairness may require more than the legal minimum.
When the approval process becomes too onerous and complex for applicants, especially those with limited resources.
Some additional observations by Wayne Lemmon on the importance to developers of time and perceived level of risk.
In the final part of the article, Wayne Lemmon looks at the real power of a pro-forma in testing out alternative development scenarios including the impacts of increased costs; time; and housing affordability.
Pro-Forma 101 continues with an examination of the impact on development of financing interest, and a look at how developers calculate a project’s anticipated profit.
A look at how a pro-forma factors in the various aspects of project development, including the costs of land acquisition, planning and design, amenities and off-site costs, and management and overhead.
To achieve a minimum level of “literacy” about the economics of development requires at least a navigational knowledge of the basic tool of real estate feasibility analysis — the pro-forma.