This D6. A planner must strive to contribute time

This paper is an analysis of an ethical dilemma case by
Carol Barrett, “Planners Wonders If Community Understands Development’s
Potential Impact”.  The case will be
analyzed using the best practical moral reasoning to identify the best course
of action to solve the ethical dilemma.   The ethical dilemma presented in this case is
to decide whether the African- American planner on the city’s small planning
staff should be transparent and provide the minority community with information
on the potential impacts from the new development, or to be loyal to the organization
and resume with the redevelopment proposal (Barrett, 2002).

Here, in this case, it is evident
that the African- American planner is being charged with the dilemma of transparency
and honesty to the community or remaining loyal to the organization. Barrett
identified three sections of the AICP code that are relevant, for I believe all
the codes cited are necessary because they enforce the need for planners to
include marginalized groups in the planning process.  The language in these codes promote civic
engagement and require planners to be transparent to the community. Moreover,
these codes assure planners will be responsibility and provide valid information
to the public. The codes are as follows: “A3. A planner must strive to provide
full, clear, and accurate information on planning issues to citizens and government
decision-makers. A4. A planner must strive to give citizens the opportunity to
have a meaningful impact on the development of plans and programs.
Participation should be broad enough to include people who lack formal
organization or influence. D6. A planner must strive to contribute time and
effort to groups lacking in adequate planning resources and to voluntary
professional activities” (Barrett, 2002, pp.41).

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In addition, another strategy that can be utilized to solve
the dilemma are the recommendations suggested from (Brenman and Sanchez’s, 2012).  The following recommendations are noted to
avoid ethical dilemmas: maintain confidentiality (pg. 56), act with legitimacy
(pg. 56), be culturally competent (pg.59), speak and use the language of the
people (pg.60), and be willing to negotiate and compromise (pg. 61) (Brenman and
Sanchez’s, 2012).  The recommendations
promote social equity with the assurance of transparency from the governmental
actors.