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Equitable Real Estate Development – Balancing the needs of Communities, Developers, and Municipal Governments

May 12, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm


1.5 LU/HSW


6:00pm – 7:30pm


Free – AIA members and non-members without credit

$25 – non members seeking continuing education credit

Program Description

*Zoom* Equitable Real Estate Development – Balancing the needs of Communities, Developers, and Municipal Governments

Municipal governments offer incentives to real estate developers to create projects which repopulate cities with residents, jobs, and vitality. These incentives take various forms and often come at a cost to the taxpayers of a city. Incentives can have legal, financial, physical, and cultural ramifications on the projects which architects design. Developers insist incentives are necessary while others contend they are not – or at least not to whom or how they are awarded.

Communities need new real estate development to maintain a healthy, safe, economically vibrant, and racially diverse environment. But who should decide what aspects of development should be encouraged with incentives and what aspects should be purely market driven?

This panel presentation and moderated discussion will examine the balancing act of the competing interests of developers, communities, and municipal governments and how architects can play a role in ushering equitable development. 

To ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the communities which we serve, architects must also keep in mind the needs of those who may not be present when discussing projects. Design professionals must consider how real estate development effects disadvantaged people and neighborhoods – historically and contemporaneously – and how incentives for certain development can affect the outcomes of that development.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will understand the legal, financial, physical, and cultural ramifications of development incentives on projects which may adversely effect the health, safety, and welfare elements of an architect’s design.
  • Program participants will learn how to shape the projects they design to accommodate competing interests of various stakeholders while still maintaining high standards of design toward health, safety, and welfare.
  • Participants will learn how development incentives have been used in disadvantaged neighborhoods, what effects they have on the health and welfare of neighborhoods, and how they could be improved to better reflect the desires of communities.
  • Program participants will learn why development incentives are necessary and how they are used to encourage certain aspects of real estate development.



Jeff Raser, AIA, NCARB, Cincinnati Urban Design & Architecture Studio


  • Joele Newman, Community Organizer – Peaslee Neighborhood Center
  • Stephen Dronen – President, Kean Development
  • Honorable Greg Landsman – Cincinnati City Council Member
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