I've got the purple cow book, but I haven't read it yet. After sleeping on this last night, I have come to the conclusion that I will not shoot myself in the foot by demanding consultation fees. I think this would simply be "looking a gift horse in the mouth", and it's my feeling that I should just put forth the effort to win the proposal without asking for anything at this time. I'm already one step ahead due to the fact that I have the President of the HOA backing me with his recommendation. I've scheduled a meeting with the developer this Friday where he will provide me with the plans for the project. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Thanks for the help everyone!