Dimensions of Equity

PAS QuickNotes 105

By Senna Catenacci


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To serve the public interest and create better communities, planners must ensure that proposed policies and regulations will equitably serve and benefit all residents of a community. As defined by the American Planning Association's Planning for Equity Policy Guide, equity is "just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential." To make advancements in equity, planners need a holistic approach. Equity encompasses multiple dimensions that overlap and intersect, and strategies that promote one form often support another. There is always room for more nuanced and comprehensive ways to address equity in planning.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes defines and offers examples of structural equity, procedural equity, cultural equity, distributional equity, and intergenerational equity and demonstrates how planners can center these dimensions of equity in their work.


Date Published
April 1, 2024
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About the Author

Senna Catenacci
Senna is a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Environment and Political Science, and currently works at the American Planning Association. She conducts research for APA's grant-funded projects and Foresight initiative, primarily in helping with the development of the annual Trend Report.