OUR PROJECT SCORECARD
This project review scorecard provides guidelines for consistently evaluating how a proposed development aligns with Catalyze SV’s values. Catalyze SV’s values are:
Inclusive, Diverse Communities
Healthy, Sustainable Development
Convenient Transportation Choices
Housing Solutions for All
Vibrant Places for People
Equitable Community Engagement
Grading Criteria - Merits
Community: The applicant is making significant efforts to reach out to the community, including underrepresented** voices, and has addressed recommendations collected through community engagement.
Vibrancy: The proposal’s public realm improves the human experience and safety of the neighborhood. Public and private space is designed to promote physical, mental, and/or social well-being while connecting with parks, fresh food, and/or other community amenities.
Transportation: The project recognizes the importance of mobility solutions; including transit, walking, biking, & micromobility; incentivizes reduced automobile usage; and prioritizes the safety of vulnerable users, such as children, seniors, & the disabled. Transportation Demand Management plans are encouraged. One example in these plans is VTA transit passes.
Sustainability: The project incorporates measurable green building features. CalGreen Tier 1 or 2 measures and/or third-party certifications (LEED, Well, Living Building Challenge, etc) are encouraged. There are many examples of green building features.
Intensity/Zoning: The project utilizes nearly the full density allowed under its zoning and general plan designations.
Affordability: The proposal considers protections or relocation benefits for existing residential and/or commercial tenants that may be displaced. It goes beyond current government requirements for onsite below market-rate homes, stabilized commercial leases or appropriate substitutes.
Legacy (when applicable): The project undertakes efforts to incorporate, protect, or preserve any objects of significant cultural or historic merit identified by the community on or near the site.
Grading Scale - Merits
An average score of 3.5 is required for Catalyze SV to consider advocating full support for a project.
1 = Fails to meet project review criteria
2 = Meets some project review criteria
3 = Meets basic project review criteria
4 = Exceeds project review criteria
5 = Goes far beyond project review criteria
N/A = Category does not apply
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