FAQ

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 get involved with equitable development in Macalester-Groveland?