Elected officials and government authorities often play an active role in the negotiations on the CBA. In California and other countries where development agreements are approved, government officials may be formal signatories to the CBA. In other cases, government officials may play a more informal role in facilitating negotiations on the CBA and fostering cooperation.  In response to these problems, the CBA model was created in the late 1990s to allow municipalities most affected by economic development projects to participate in the planning process and to ensure that existing communities receive development benefits.  For developers, negotiations with community representatives can be an attractive way to gain community support and move their projects forward. Participating in CBA negotiations can eliminate surprises in the development authorization process and allow developers to work with a unified coalition instead of having to involve community organizations individually.  Proponents of the CBA argue that the community benefits approach enhances the development process of the community, developers, and local officials by creating an overall win-win scenario.  Some of the principles and goals that CBA supporters are trying to promote are: 8. The Basics and New Urbanism: A Case of a Southern California Latino Community.
Erualdo Romero González, Carolina S. Sarmiento, Ana Siria Urzua, Susan C. Luévano. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability. Volume 5, eat. 2-3, including 2012. The CBA negotiation process can provide a mechanism to ensure that the Community`s concerns are heard and taken into account. While some cities are doing a good job of finding and responding to the Community`s input, many are not. Low-income neighborhoods, non-English-speaking areas, and communities of color have historically been excluded from the development process. Laws on publicity and participation are often poorly enforced, and official public hearings often take place at times and places that are not favourable to the neighbourhood. A CBA negotiation process can help address these issues and create a forum for all parts of the relevant community. The CBA contract template allows each CBA to be placed according to the needs of the community, the size and nature of the proposed development, and the relative bargaining power of the community groups and the developer.
Benefits may be provided by the developer itself, or a CBA may require the developer to impose CBA rules on its tenants, suppliers, and contractors. Typically, CBAs include workplace quality standards, local recruitment programs, and affordable housing.  The “CBAs” of some recent projects have not been accepted by supporters of the Community Benefits movement as legitimate CBAs. . . .