Conclusions

Under construction (preliminary outline)

  • Community groups need a metric to set a negotiating position early in the planning process. Based on this initial case study I recommend 9% of construction costs. I select construction costs because this number is typically released early in the process as part of the economic impact reports. Communities can negotiate down from this number as feasibility studies are shared and validated.
  • Community groups should advocate for a public interest model for major projects. Project proponents should advance funding to community groups to hire experts to review project proposals and commit to transparency and timely responses to information requests. See the California Public Utilities Commission for an example of a pubic interest model.
  • As part of the general plan process, Cities and communities should identify areas of asset accumulation and disinvestment in their communities to establish an economic baseline from which to consider restorative policies.

Read my draft essay on this topic to see additional recommendations.