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

  1. Community: The applicant is making significant efforts to reach out to the community and has addressed recommendations collected through community engagement.

  2. Vibrancy: The proposal seizes locational opportunities and includes features to enhance the human experience of the site and 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.

  3. Transportation: The project recognizes the growing importance of a variety of mobility solutions, incentivizes reduced automobile usage and measures mobility after the project is built and occupied. Transportation Demand Management plans are encouraged. One example in these plans is VTA transit passes.

  4. 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

  5. Intensity/Zoning: The project utilizes nearly the full density allowed under its zoning and general plan designations.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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