Here's a nice "theoretical" for us to consider:
Let's say a reputable multi-family developer is proposing a new multi-family redevelopment in the older part of you City. It is consistent with intent of the proposed zoning district and the surrounding land uses. It will remove some very low end commercial in an outdated shopping center and a unusable fraternal society building. It will be townhouses with a high level of design and finish material. It will be an $11.5 million dollar investment.
It will also be 100% affordable housing (but not subsidized) targeting households making 60-30% of the area median income. And the City doesn't have anything in the zoning code, Comprehensive Plan or any official policies regarding affordable housing.
So, do you (aka have to) discuss the intended "customers" in the land use discussion along with the site plan, landscaping, building design, etc? Or can you just leave it out of the discussion and let it come out naturally and address it through the political portion of the process?
What have you done, cyburbia? And you can talk about other types of development where the "real" issue is not land use related.