Planning for Equitable Development: Social Equity by Design

PAS Memo — March-April 2017

By Carlton Eley


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The March/April 2017 issue of PAS Memo highlights the importance of equitable development in creating strong and sustainable communities for all and provides principles and guidance to help planners implement social equity in their communities.


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March 1, 2017
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About the Author

Carlton Eley
Carlton Eley is Regional Equity Initiative Manager for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. He is responsible for leading development and implementation of equity initiatives throughout the region in collaboration with regional planning commission members and strategic partners. He encourages planning and development solutions that are responsive to the needs of underserved communities and vulnerable populations. Prior to joining MVRPC, Carlton led multiple projects that re-energized the American Planning Association's focus on social equity. Also, he was the first urban planner hired by the Office of Environmental Justice at U.S. EPA, and he managed a portfolio on equitable development. Recently, Carlton was named the 2021 Sojourner Truth Fellow for Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Carlton has a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work Curriculum from Elizabeth City State University and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.