2018 National Planning Conference

The High Costs of Inequity

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198224

Location: 2016

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  • Define equity in measurable terms, understand its pertinence to community planning and development, and get a sense of the impacts of inequity on the costs of governance.
  • Understand how plans, policies and federal laws have contributed to inequities in our communities.
  • Know where to look for data to analyze the benefits or impacts of new development.


Driven somewhat by scientific methods and analytics, much of modern-day planning has paid scant attention to those priced out of growth. Planning arguments have justified these actions in the name of the common good, without any analysis of what these planning decisions and strategies cost, and who eventually ends up paying for these expenses. How do we measure these policies against their anticipated benefits and where should we look for their unintended outcomes? Within this scenario do we know of a way to define and establish measurable frameworks for equitable planning? During this session, share with others and learn about their perceptions of what equity and inequity mean. Moderators will run through data specific factors for a sample region that will illustrate how inequitable development is manifested. Subsequently, through a simulated exercise of major federal and local planning regulations and other initiatives from 1890 to 2020, discover and experience how inequity can be manifested for different groups and their financial implications in an imaginary community. End the session with a better understanding of equity and ideas for addressing inequities through your role as a planner or planning official. Leave armed with data sources for making your case for equitable development.

Session Speakers

Anindita Mitra, AICP
CREA Affiliates, LLC
Seattle, WA

Bernardo Ruiz
Racing to Equity Consulting Group