A “roundtable” is a form of discussion. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. Each person is given equal right to participate, as illustrated by the idea of a circular layout referred to in the term “roundtable.” The groups that participated in the roundtables were identified in the Public Involvement Plan. A initial list of groups was identified by staff and expanded based on Planning Commission and City Council feedback, and subsequently approved by the Planning Commission when they approved the final plan. The roundtables did not have decision-making authority, rather their role was to be advisory to staff. For the Boards and Commissions roundtable, staff invited six official city boards and commissions to provide representatives. For the Local Partners Roundtable, staff invited local organizations or groups including participants in the Housing Tools and Strategies process, neighborhood leaders, builders and developers, environmental advocates, realtors, and housing advocates to provide representatives. Lastly, for the Equity Roundtable, staff invited groups or organizations doing equity-based work serving underrepresented community members to provide representatives.