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.

** = Research has shown here, here, and here that renters, new residents, people of color, younger people, and females tend to be underrepresented voices on local development issues.

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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