Community Economic Development

Goldfarb & Lipman’s strengths in public finance, land use, tax, and real estate development make us uniquely qualified to counsel local governments through these uncertain fiscal times, and to provide cities and counties with realistic and workable financing and regulatory strategies to facilitate community improvements.  We have experience advising public agencies and their private development partners in transactions using many economic development tools, such as:


Tax and Assessment Financing

  • Infrastructure financing districts
  • Mello-Roos special tax districts
  • Business improvement districts
  • Other assessment districts
  • Certificates of participation

Private Equity

  • State tax credits
  • Federal tax credits (new markets, renewable energy)
  • State and local regulatory incentives
  • Environmental review (CEQA streamlining and exemptions)
  • Entitlements (bonus densities, parking reductions)
  • Development agreements
  • Transferrable development rights

We develop and lead training workshops on these issues and continue to work with legislators, local governments, and citizen groups on community economic development legislation.  We are a recognized leader in the economic development community and provide technical support to groups advocating for new programs that will provide local governments with the financing, land assembly, and environmental remediation tools needed to form public-private partnerships and effectively invest in infrastructure, transportation, transit-oriented development, and other improvements that will enhance sustainability efforts as well as strengthen local economies.




Our extensive practice under the Community Redevelopment Law, along with our attorneys’ prior experience as city attorneys, city planners, and redevelopment agency staff, gives Goldfarb & Lipman a rich set of experiences, relationships and knowledge relevant to the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.  Clients involved in the dissolution process–as successor agencies, housing successors, oversight boards, county auditor-controllers, other taxing entities, and private parties to redevelopment agency contracts—can draw on our complete understanding of the dissolution law, process, practice, and participants, and our ability to devise effective strategies and solutions to meet clients’ needs and goals.  Throughout the ongoing process of dissolving redevelopment agencies, Goldfarb & Lipman has authored numerous publications that constitute a major source of legal and policy guidance on the implementation of ABx1 26.