Political Environment of Development

Real Estate Development

Spring 2013

John Alschuler + Carl Weisbrod, instructors

Physical development almost always occurs within a political context. In view of heightened awareness of environmental, historical, economic and quality of life issues, fewer jurisdictions than ever permit “as of right” development without the active input of local communities or the approval of government regulators. Thus, understanding, indeed mastering, political skills is an important part of being a successful developer. This course focused on the economic, legal and political context in which development takes place through a series of lectures. It presented case studies of successful and unsuccessful developments with an emphasis on the political skills required to obtain community and public approvals, the role of the press, the different approaches needed to work with appointed and elected public officials, as well as how to organize and present at public hearings.