This paper is an analysis of an ethical dilemma case byCarol Barrett, “Planners Wonders If Community Understands Development’sPotential Impact”. The case will beanalyzed using the best practical moral reasoning to identify the best courseof action to solve the ethical dilemma. The ethical dilemma presented in this case isto decide whether the African- American planner on the city’s small planningstaff should be transparent and provide the minority community with informationon the potential impacts from the new development, or to be loyal to the organizationand resume with the redevelopment proposal (Barrett, 2002). Here, in this case, it is evidentthat the African- American planner is being charged with the dilemma of transparencyand honesty to the community or remaining loyal to the organization.
Barrettidentified three sections of the AICP code that are relevant, for I believe allthe codes cited are necessary because they enforce the need for planners toinclude marginalized groups in the planning process. The language in these codes promote civicengagement and require planners to be transparent to the community. Moreover,these codes assure planners will be responsibility and provide valid informationto the public.
The codes are as follows: “A3. A planner must strive to providefull, clear, and accurate information on planning issues to citizens and governmentdecision-makers. A4.
A planner must strive to give citizens the opportunity tohave a meaningful impact on the development of plans and programs.Participation should be broad enough to include people who lack formalorganization or influence. D6.
A planner must strive to contribute time andeffort to groups lacking in adequate planning resources and to voluntaryprofessional activities” (Barrett, 2002, pp.41).In addition, another strategy that can be utilized to solvethe dilemma are the recommendations suggested from (Brenman and Sanchez’s, 2012). The following recommendations are noted toavoid ethical dilemmas: maintain confidentiality (pg. 56), act with legitimacy(pg. 56), be culturally competent (pg.59), speak and use the language of thepeople (pg.60), and be willing to negotiate and compromise (pg.
61) (Brenman andSanchez’s, 2012). The recommendationspromote social equity with the assurance of transparency from the governmentalactors.