Photo Credit: Journal News

Photo Credit: Journal News

Good story on the front page of yesterday’s Journal News concerning the role of community benefit agreements in linking private development to public goods.  This concept is a key part of the new downtown zoning New Rochelle adopted late last year, and New Rochelle is featured prominently in the article.

Money quote from Julian Gross, an expert working with the City:

“There are similar policies, but New Rochelle is on the leading edge in terms of types of benefits contemplated . . .  New Rochelle is systematizing its approach so that developers know what they need to offer in terms of community benefits. It’s a level playing field for all developers and a transparent process.”

Here’s the full article.