A recent Supreme Court ruling essentially makes it less attractive for municipal governments to negotiate development contracts that further the public interest, and also makes it harder for communities to force developers to pay to offset their environmental impact, argues law professor John D. Echeverria. "In the wake of this under-the-radar ruling, the cost of protecting a community from a harmful building project now lies not with the developer but with the local residents and taxpayers," Echeverria writes.

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