Promoting Social Equity

To promote social equity and environmental justice in regional planning, we need to be proactive about engaging with 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 and federally recognized Native American tribes have been identified as communities of concern.

As part of the public involvement program for the 2021 Regional Plan, we put proactive engagement measures into place early in the planning effort to make sure we can collect timely and meaningful input from underrepresented groups in the region. Social equity will be integral to the objectives and framework of the 2021 Regional Plan.

Community-Based Organizations

Building trust with stakeholders in communities of concern is crucial to 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 (CBOs) from around the San Diego region. These CBOs form a community-based outreach network. The organizations are familiar to people in the communities in question, and they specialize in providing services to and engaging disadvantaged populations.

Our 12 CBO partners facilitate meaningful involvement with low-income, minority, disabled, and senior populations; those with limited English proficiency; and other traditionally underrepresented communities. They provide education about why San Diego Forward is important to them and collect feedback from their communities that will inform the 2021 Regional Plan.

Our CBO Partners are as follows:

  • Alliance for Regional Solutions
  • Bayside Community Center
  • Casa Familiar
  • City Heights CDC
  • Chula Vista Community Collaborative
  • El Cajon Collaborative
  • National Latino Research Center
  • Nile Sisters Development Initiative
  • Olivewood Gardens
  • Samahan Health Centers
  • Urban Collaborative Project
  • Vista Community Clinic

Community-Based Organizations Working Group

The 2021 Regional Plan Community-Based Organizations (CBO) Working Group is a collaborative public forum for the various CBO organizations in the county and SANDAG. It generates ongoing public input from disadvantaged or underrepresented communities about key activities associated with developing the Regional Plan and related planning activities with a focus on social equity.

The 12 voting members of the 2021 Regional Plan CBO Working Group are representatives from community-based organizations or community collaboratives serving underserved/disadvantaged communities. They are selected by SANDAG through a competitive Request for Proposals process.

The 2021 Regional Plan CBO Working Group reports to the Regional Planning Committee, which in turn reports to the Board of Directors. See the Community-Based Organizations Working Group page on the SANDAG website for more information.

Social Services Transportation Advisory Council

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. The SSTAC works to respond to local concerns regarding transportation accessibility issues, promotes development and use of accessible services, and makes recommendations to help inform the 2021 Regional Plan.