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Healthy Community Design: Policy Statements for Official Plans Simcoe County Trail Development Symposium – 13 April 2010 Megan Williams, Health Promotion Specialist
How do we get from this…
And to this?
It’s called good planning
Land use planning
Planning for health
“ We ought to plan the ideal of our city with four considerations. The first, as being the most indispensable, is health.”
Aristotle, Politics (ca. 350 BC)
“ We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.”
“ When everything looks the same there is no such thing as place any longer.”
James Howard Kunstler
How to Affect Change
Using a health promotion model:
What is Policy?
“… a deliberate plan of action to guide decisions and achieve rational outcome(s).
“ Policies can be understood as political, management, financial, and administrative mechanisms arranged to reach explicit goals.”
Provincial Land Use Policies
Ontario’s long-term prosperity, environmental health and social well-being depend on wisely managing change and promoting efficient land use and development patterns. Efficient land use and development patterns support strong, liveable and healthy communities, protect the environment and public health and safety, and facilitate economic growth.
(Provincial Policy Statement 2005, Part V, 1.0 Building Strong Communities)
Places to Grow – Growth Plan
This Plan is about building
complete communities, whether
urban or rural. These are
communities that are well
designed, offer transportation
choices, accommodate people at
all stages of life and have the right
mix of housing, a good range of
jobs, and easy access to stores
and services to meet daily needs.
(Places to Grow - Growth Plan 2006, p.13)
Health Unit’s BHC Initiative
Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Committee established - March 2006 in response to:
Increasing evidence of connections between health and the built environment
Provincial planning – policy direction was towards intensification and densification to achieve healthier, complete communities
Built environment identified as a priority in HU Strategic Plan 2007-2010
Identification of built environment in the OPHS
Operational plans – have achieved some successes
Policy Resource - Background
BHC 2009 Operational Plan Objective 1:
Engage with strategic partners to influence planning decisions using healthy community criteria.
Key deliverable of this objective:
Conduct needs assessment of local municipal planners and develop tools & resources to assist them in creating healthy and complete communities.
Hearing from Planners
Feb 2009 - Conducted needs assessment of municipal planners in Simcoe and Muskoka
Results indicated that planners wanted:
checklist of healthy community design criteria
draft policy statements with health enhancing language/principles
Decision made to focus on upstream approach – policy development
Healthy Community Design:
Policy Statements for Official Plans
Municipal Planners in Simcoe Muskoka
Electronic distribution by mid-March 2010
Hard copy distribution by April 2010
Work with County and District to promote with their planners
Municipal Elected Officials in SM
Invitation to webinars, presentations, meetings, etc.
Partners and Stakeholders in SM and throughout Ontario
Staff to use with municipalities, groups and individuals as part of their regular work with partners
Promote to and with provincial partners (e.g. OPPI, Ontario ministries, OPHA, alPHa, etc.)
Presentations & meetings
Evaluation of Resource
Develop and implement evaluation plan for BHC Policy resource
Expected in summer 2010
Using it for Trail Development
Develop your plan – use a variety of different strategies
Create awareness, educate people, find champions, mobilize the community, advocate
Engage stakeholders and community members
Use resource as an advocacy tool
Become familiar with your municipality’s Official Plan, Zoning Bylaw, etc.
Look at where the gaps are and where things can be strengthened
Become part of the public consultation process for OP reviews, updates and amendments