Equitable Development Scorecard


What is Equitable Development?

In development planning, communities may advance the goals of various groups. Equitable development centers the priorities of communities of color and lower-income communities. Environmental justice is also a key consideration.

“Equitable development creates healthy vibrant communities of opportunity where low-income people, people of color, new immigrants and people with disabilities participate in and benefit from systems, decisions, and activities that shape their neighborhoods.” (Metropolitan Council,  source)

What is an Equitable Development Scorecard?

Twin Cities community groups worked with The Alliance to design a template of an  equitable development scorecard . When using the scorecard, participants assign points based on how well projects promote equity across several criteria. Among other criteria, the scorecard may focus on land use, housing, and transportation. Communities can adapt the scorecard to suit their priorities (e.g. if affordable housing is especially important to a community, the scorecard could assign extra points to projects that promote affordable housing.)

What are the benefits of creating and using an Equitable Development Scorecard?

  • Bring community members into the decisions making process
  • Choose development plans that benefit local communities of color and lower-income communities
  • Incorporate environmental justice concerns into planning decisions
  • Identify ways to improve plans before breaking ground

How can I learn more about the history of Mac-Grove?

What is MGCC currently working on?

  • The Inclusivity Task Force developed a draft Mac-Grove Inclusion Rubric (found below) with culture coach, Lissa Jones-Lofgren, in November 2022.
  • The Inclusion Rubric will be introduced to the full Board of Directors and working committees at the January 2023 Retreat.
  • MGCC Committees will practice using the Inclusion Rubric from January to March of 2023.
  • MGCC will also start education with committees and community members on the “topics” often included in Equitable Development Scorecards.

How can I get involved with equitable development in Macalester-Groveland?