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 the 2021 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 2021 Regional Plan. Social equity will be integral to the objectives and framework for the development of the 2021 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 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 2021 Regional Plan.

The SANDAG Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC) is an advisory group represented by social service agencies, individuals, transportation providers, and the Consolidated Transportation Services Agency. SSTAC works to respond to local concerns regarding transportation accessibility issues and promotes development and use of accessible services. Recommendations by SSTAC help inform the 2021 Regional Plan. 

Community-Based Organizations Working Groups

The 2021 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 the Regional Plan and related planning activities with a focus on the social equity perspective.

The voting membership of the 2021 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 2021 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: