Promoting Social Equity

Promoting social equity and environmental justice in regional planning requires the proactive engagement of community members who have traditionally been underserved and underrepresented in the planning process. Cities and communities with high concentrations of low income residents and minority populations, as well as federally recognized Native American tribes, have been identified as communities of concern. Proactive engagement measures were put in place early in the planning effort for San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan to ensure timely and meaningful input from underrepresented groups in the region. The approach is part of the public involvement program for the Regional Plan.

In June 2018, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved the Social Equity Analysis Framework and Approach for San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan. The framework for the social equity analysis for the 2019 Regional Plan has several steps:

  1. Define the Social Equity Focus (SEF) populations
  2. Identify key questions and social equity performance measures
  3. Conduct a social equity analysis
  4. Identify the location of disadvantaged communities

The results of this analysis are anticipated to be presented to the Board in 2019 along with overall performance measures results of the transportation network scenarios.

Building trust with stakeholders in communities of concern is a crucial component in encouraging participation. Many of these communities have felt disenfranchised in the past and may be wary or unaware of how decisions are made in the planning process. To ensure meaningful public involvement and help bridge the gap between decision-makers and traditionally underrepresented communities, SANDAG has partnered with 12 community based organizations (CBO) from around the San Diego region to form a community based outreach network. The organizations are familiar to people in the communities, and they specialize in providing services to and engaging their populations.

Our 12 CBO partners facilitate meaningful involvement with low-income, minority, disabled, and senior populations, those in limited English proficiency, and other traditionally underrepresented communities and provide education about why San Diego Forward is important to them, and collect feedback that will be used to inform the 2019 Regional Plan.

Community-Based Organizations Working Groups

The 2019 Regional Plan Community-Based Organizations (CBO) Working Group provides a collaborative open and public forum for the various CBO organizations in the county and SANDAG to provide ongoing public input from disadvantaged or underrepresented communities in the region into key activities associated with developing San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan and related planning activities with a focus on the social equity perspective.

The voting membership of the 2019 Regional Plan CBO Working Group shall be comprised of 12 representatives from community-based organizations or community collaboratives serving underserved/disadvantaged communities selected through its competitive Request for Proposals process by SANDAG.

The 2019 Regional Plan CBO Working Group reports to the Regional Planning Committee, which in turn reports to the Board of Directors. For more information see Community-Based Organization Working Group page on the SANDAG website.

Our CBO Partners: