Equitable Development is achieved when: communities of color determine their own futures and shape the futures of their neighborhoods; the benefits and burdens of growth are equitably distributed among people of all races, ethnicities, incomes, and neighborhoods; neighborhoods are multicultural and places where both tenured and new residents can thrive; and all communities have meaningful choices and are able to live, work, and celebrate their cultures in place. Equitable development requires a systemic approach of coordinated and comprehensive investments, policies, and protections.
On February 15th, 2017, GARE hosted a webinar about equitable development and highlight what GARE members are doing to advance equitable development in their jurisdictions. Click here for the slide deck and a recording of the webinar with more information about the following:
- City of Portland’s Restorative Justice and Housing Preference Policy provides a pathway for displaced people to move back to northeast Portland. It is a tool to prioritize affordable housing for those who were displaced, or are at risk of displacement, as a result of city actions. The policy gives preference to families based on the the amount of urban renewal activity that occurred; addresses generational displacement; gives preference to families regardless of current location; and gives priority to families whose properties were taken by the city. To learn more, contact
- Fairfax County’s One Fairfax Resolution is the product of the county’s shift from focusing on services to creating institutional and structural transformation. The Equitable Growth Profile provided the definition of an Equitable County; a framework to achieve life success; measures of disparities and outcomes; and suggests that equity is a key economic driver. Adopted by both the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board in July 2016, the One Fairfax Resolution directs the development of racial and social equity policy in the planning and delivery of all public services. To learn more, contact
- Healthy Development Guidelines. Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) together with the East Oakland Building Healthy Communities Coalition was able to pinpoint the most impacted communities in the Oakland area and worked with community to create a vision; policy goals; and a path to implementation, Health Equity: We each have a role. This document is a framework to inform future land use planning and includes a set of development standards. Currently, ACPHD is in the process of introducing a resolution to the Oakland City Council that will address health equity and environmental racial justice and set implementation guidelines in the citys future policies. To learn more, contact
- Anna Lee Lee@acgov.org
- Seattle’s Equitable Development Implementation Plan (EDIP) was created as part of the Equitable Development Initiative which also includes incorporating race and social equity goals and policies in the city’s comprehensive plan, and the creation of an equity analysis to inform the city’s growth strategy. The EDIP establishes an equitable development framework; structures to create systemic change (equity criteria for decision-making; equity driven interdepartmental structures; integrating equity into departmental functional and investment plans; and a monitoring mechanism); citywide strategies; place-based targeted strategies; and a stewardship plan.
You can learn more about how GARE members are working towards equitable development on our blog at www.racialequityalliance.org.