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Megan w - trail presentation

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

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