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Health in the Development Review Process

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This article discusses how design strategies of roads, buildings and public can be used to incorporate health. The document is split into four sections which discuss the detailed direction on how communities can consider their individuals must take into account the specific needs of the environment and what direction planners must take to generate a healthy community. The first section discusses how a community can use their comprehensive plan to envision and ensure healthy lifestyles by incorporating the importance of health into the planning processes. Section 2 how a community’s code can design an environment to “incorporate health consideration into regulatory language”. Section 3 discusses a drafting new development codes and Section 4 provides a checklist of principles that can be used to promote a healthy community. The examples provided include walkable streets, multimodal connectivity, mixed uses, accessible parks and open space, green infrastructure and more, as ideas on how to implement health themed practices into community design.