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New development can deliver many things to a community – new housing, commercial or retail space, industrial or manufacturing sites, schools, and parks. Sometimes these are resources the residents need and have advocated for. And at other times, residents do not see their needs reflected in the proposed development.

Often a community may seek relatively minor alterations to the plans. Other times, communities demand major changes, based on genuine concerns including construction noise, traffic disruption, damage to their homes or environment, local hiring, and other impacts on quality of life. Regardless of whether the community supports or opposes the planned development, community organizations need a voice in the decision-making process from the outset.

The Community Law Center’s Guide to the Development Process in Baltimore City, a Surdna Foundation-funded manual, provides a basic overview of the development process in Baltimore City and advises community leaders about ways to insert themselves into the process. 

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