This is ❤️. Other than prop 13, I think this is the biggest problem in planning. It requires serious resources to participate in the public comment process. Namely time and energy, which generally = money. Asking underrepresented populations to be more engaged misses the point entirely. “Engagement” is just another form of privilege.
We need to empower our local electeds to make data driven decisions. The current system rewards them for weighting anecdotal evidence above all else.