Equitable Development for the East Side!

We need to be the developers of our own community. Investments in our community from developers and companies, especially if they are receiving public funding or subsidies from the city, county or state, must have concrete, measurable and equitable outcomes that benefits us and we should be the ones who decide what those benefits will be. We must hold developers accountable!


Community Engagement

The members of our community most affected by any development project must be involved in the project planning process. This is especially true when the affected community includes people with low wealth and income, people of color, indigenous people, people living with disabilities, new immigrants and refugees.

  • Development planning must start with community members

  • Community members will establish priorities and criteria for land use and economic development

  • Developers must consult with community members within the first six months of any development planning process and should engage multiple communities, community organizations and neighborhood groups

  • Community members should be in charge of the decision-making process and any project advisory team, task force and committee must include multiple members from our communities

  • Any development plan and project must include our goals, priorities and criteria for growth and re-investment

  • Any changes during a development project will require the developer to re-engage community members again like they are starting from the beginning


Land Use

The vision, plan and implementation of any new development in our community must include our assets, aspirations, potential and preferences. We can’t allow developers to push us out of our homes and neighborhoods and our health, well-being and prosperity must be the developers’ top priority.

  • Every development project must include an assessment of the impact to the environmental health, economic prosperity and social vitality of our community

  • The development site must meet environmental standards on clean air, water and soil without increasing soil toxicity, air and water pollution

  • New developments must include complete street elements (sidewalks, traffic signs and signals, etc.)

  • New development must promote housing, jobs, small businesses, education and green spaces like parks


Transportation

Transit should be combined with walkable, livable and affordable land use. We need to ensure that our community has access to, benefits from and is not displaced by transit development projects like the Metro Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

  • Development infrastructure must include safe, attractive and convenient access for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit systems like buses

  • Trip times should be under 45 minutes for all pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit users to jobs, schools, cultural resources, goods and services

  • Parking facilities must include space for bicycle use and storage and should not limit access for pedestrians

  • We must provide attractive, comfortable and accessible transit facilities like heated shelters at bus stops and quickly replace them if they are damaged or destroyed

  • We must provide more wayfinding and systems information like posted directions to bus stops for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit users

  • Development must promote pedestrian safety

  • Development and transportation must be accessible to people of all abilities and incorporate Universal Design

What is Universal Design? Click here to learn more!


Economic Development

Policies and programs related to economic development must prioritize sustainable wealth creation and high-quality job opportunities that do not displace our communities and small businesses.

  • New capital and investment opportunities must promote small business development, including arts and culture-based businesses, and entrepreneurial opportunities

  • We must support small businesses owned and operated by people of color, indigenous people, immigrants and refugees to create and sustain a strong economic base for our community and provide opportunities for employment in a wide range of skills

  • New lease agreements should prioritize business opportunities in our community

  • Development projects in our neighborhood should utilize local workforce and education programs to connect residents to construction jobs and long term employment within the development project itself

  • When developers hire consultants and contractors, they should give preference to people in our communities

  • To receive public funding, developers must pay their workers living wages with benefits and workers must have the right to organize for labor agreements without fear of retaliation

  • The design of new developments should reflect the multicultural identity of our community

  • Development designs must include environmentally-responsible and resource-efficient materials throughout the duration of the project and afterwards


Housing

People and families at all income levels must have access to housing that costs no more than 30% of their income.

  • Housing projects must have 1/3 of the units available to people and families with extremely low income (less than 30% AMI) and be long term or permanently affordable

What is AMI? Click here to learn more!

  • New housing must be built with energy efficiency so residents can pay less for utilities and are free from environmental hazards

  • New housing should be located close to amenities (health and social services, public transit, schools and quality job opportunities) and promote community

  • Residents should not have to pay more than half of their income for housing and transportation

  • Zoning codes for housing should promote the integration of affordable housing within mixed income neighborhoods

  • Current residents should have the right to refuse new housing development so they are not displaced and current residents must directly benefit from property value increases

  • We should assess the extent to which our communities need housing to accommodate large families and require housing developers to provide accordingly

  • We must provide tenant protections such as prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders and recipients of other government programs, regulating minimum income and credit score requirements, and preventing arbitrary evictions, especially when a property is sold to a new landlord