Developers and Planners: We Need to Talk…
Friday, October 19, 2018
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT
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Why does there often seem to be a struggle between planners and the development community?
Planners: “A developer should build to the Comprehensive Plan and follow the Code.”
Developer: “The City doesn't understand the marketplace, and where’s the flexibility in the code?”
These two differing roles that together aim to create and maintain dynamic, strong communities often find themselves at odds in the development process. This session looks at how both can understand the needs and pressures that each side faces and how to best communicate those positions, particularly for complex projects and entitlements. This moderated panel of an experienced developer, a municipal planner, and a planner/developer representative will share their perspectives and experiences.
Attendees will hear from a developer in regards to the role they play balancing risk, financing structures, working with landowners, investor partnerships, the nature of timing, and what are a project’s true “deal-killers.” The planners will share their perspectives serving on the public side and private side and how their positions are shaped by internal and external factors, such as the vision of the community and the elected officials, and legal and ethical considerations. At the end of the day, both sides need each other to realize a community's vision and it benefits both sides to gain a more in-depth understanding of why each one pursues success the way they do.
1 - Recognize the motivations behind a developer's decision-making and communication strategy.
2 - Outline potential strategies to ensure trust and strong communication when disagreement arises.
3 - Contemplate how to get to yes and declare a victory for both sides at the expense of perfection.
Barbara Holly, firstname.lastname@example.org