Development Agreements Between Municipalities and Private Parties

Attracting Private Funding for Long-Term Development Projects, Addressing Land Use and Infrastructure Issues

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will offer guidance to both private and local government attorneys negotiating development agreements with private parties. The panel will discuss key terms to include to ensure effective implementation and protect against challenges to the agreements.


Development agreements offer stability to local governments and private developers during periods of slow economic growth. Benefits of the agreements include flexibility for long-term projects, greater vested rights assurances for developers, and management of infrastructure and other issues.

Development agreements also provide for certainty of governing regulations, predictability, easier financing, the facilitation of a municipality’s comprehensive planning goals, and commitments for public facilities and off-site infrastructure.

Counsel negotiating development agreements should include terms to ensure effective implementation and protect against legal challenges.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the benefits of development agreements, and offers practical guidance on terms to include and ways to avoid or handle challenges to the agreements.



  1. Considerations for the public sector
    1. Legal issues
    2. Structuring and drafting the agreement
    3. Processing and approval
    4. Monitoring over time
  2. Considerations for the private sector
    1. Value for developer/business
    2. Types of agreements
    3. Potential challenges


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How development agreements provide benefits to local government and developers
  • Issues to address in development agreements
  • How development agreements can be implemented and monitored over time.


Killen, Rob
Rob Killen

Kaufman & Killen

Mr. Killen specializes in development rights, creation of special districts, annexation, zoning and governmental...  |  Read More

Rockwell, Sarah
Sarah M. Rockwell

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

Ms. Rockwell represents both public and private sector clients in land use, real estate, entitlement, and municipal law...  |  Read More

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