Equity and community Development

When we talk about equity and community development we are talking about ensuring that all residents of our community can thrive. 

We speak in terms of four aspects of equity:

Distributional Equity: Ensuring that all of our populations have the resources they need for sustainable development and equal opportunity. We have been, for example, mapping public goods (windfalls) and undesirable features (wipeouts) against our environmental justice concentrations of poverty and disadvantaged populations to identify who is being served and who is not, and how.

Structural Equity: Ensuring that we are doing all that we can to overcome decades of institutional racism and disparities.

Procedural Equity: Ensuring that all populations are represented in the decision making process and especially reducing the bias from those populations that can most easily attend public meetings.

Intergenerational Equity: Ensuring that the decisions we make today to not rob our children, our grandchildren, and our environment of future opportunities.


For Planning & Sustainability, this includes a focus on affordable housing, encouraging Just Big Enough housing, focusing on climate change, especially as it affects front line communities, resiliency, community economic development, social services, and opportunities.