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 Regional Plan to ensure meaningful and timely input from underrepresented groups in the region. The approach is part of the public involvement program for the Regional Plan.

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 under‐represented communities, SANDAG will work with community-based organizations 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 CBO partners will facilitate meaningful involvement with low‐income, minority, disabled, and senior populations, those with 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 refine the plan.