This pillar developed out of a growing concern for the physical health of the region’s residents, as well as public conversations about the strengths and limitations of existing neighborhoods and housing developments. The health of the environment is also an important factor in planning for physical health, population growth, and future sustainability. Access to active forms of transportation infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike lanes, and public transit have proven to have a positive effect on combating the growing prevalence of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as improving the environment by reducing resource consumption. An emphasis on evaluating and expanding active transportation infrastructure should be a priority. In addition, community members clearly articulated a desire for more mixed use and compact development as well as more opportunities for affordable housing, communal space, and recreation within and between neighborhoods to reduce isolation and promote stronger social connections during the development of LRTP: Sustainable Choices 2040. This planning pillar is related to MAP-21 factor five, which aims to protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, and improve the quality of life in different regions. Learn more about the National, State, and local LRTP goals for healthy neighborhoods.
Following performance measures were developed to help CUUATS staff track the health of the community.
• 1 and 8-hour attainment level status for air quality
• Miles of bicycle facilities located within ¼ of affordable housing