Developers typically control the process. They must adhere to the laws that the public sector establishes like land-use code. And they must adhere to the demands of their capital financing as well as market conditions. But the developer guides the process by approaching landowners to acquire property and use their capital to construct their project. All too rarely, the developer is highly engaged with the community to ensure the project also serves the needs of the surrounding community.
Cultivate Community Partners
If we’re going to create the communities we envision, we must partner with trusted developers to influence their projects and infuse our goals into their work. To do this, communities must come together behind a cohesive vision and put forward representatives that can commit long-term to the process of cultivating their Partner Vitality – the capacity necessary to lead the greater community interests alongside the development community.
Realize Our Vision as Partners
As Development Partners, our community leaders are in a position to collaborate with trusted developers to realize our collective goals and vision. Together we re-orient resources that development requires like capital, tenant selection, and public policy, enabling us to create more equitable and inclusive projects. We must cultivate our Partner Vitality to insert ourselves into the development process and drive positive outcomes collaboratively.