Development Agreements Between Municipalities and Private Parties

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

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

Conducted on Thursday, December 12, 2019

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Program Materials

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


Development agreements offer innovative solutions to local governments and private developers. Public-private development agreements provide a variety of benefits, including flexibility for long-term projects, innovative funding and financing solutions for developers, and management of infrastructure, taxes and other issues. Development agreements also provide for certainty on government oversight and monitoring, more accessible financing, 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 efficient implementation and protect against legal risks and challenges throughout the lifecycle of the project.

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
    5. Clawback
    6. Open meetings and trade secret information
  2. Considerations for the private sector
    1. Value for developer/business
    2. Types of agreements
    3. Potential challenges
    4. Revenue sharing
    5. Parking and infrastructure


The panel will review these and other topical issues:

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


Curley, William
William P. Curley, III

Lozano Smith

Mr. Curley is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Los Angeles and Mission Viejo offices. He is the Southern California...  |  Read More

Jeffery, Heidi
Heidi H. Jeffery

Foley & Lardner

Ms. Jeffery has experience in general municipal, private activity bond, housing, student loan, health care, and senior...  |  Read More

Mecklenborg, Robert
Robert P. Mecklenborg, Jr.

Foster Garvey

Mr. Mecklenborg is a corporate attorney based in the firm's Portland, Oregon office. His practice is focused on a...  |  Read More

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