Planners for Health Walkability Audit

APA North Carolina Chapter


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT

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In 2015, the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Centralina Council of Governments were awarded a Plan4Health grant to assess and address barriers to physical activity in Charlotte neighborhoods considered at-risk for poor health outcomes. This work has been continued and expanded through the 2016 Planners4Health grant that is working to create a coalition of planning and public health professionals in North Carolina. In Charlotte, the project consisted of 6 strategies including: 1) a community needs assessment with neighborhood groups; 2) walkability and bikeability audits of the road network; 3) park accessibility audits and mapping; 4) a shared use analysis; 5) communications with planners throughout the state and neighborhood groups; and 6) developing case studies and toolkits to promote replication of this project in other counties within the Centralina region and North Carolina. 

During this session, participants will learn: 1) what creates a pedestrian friendly environment in a residential and commercial setting, 2) how to prepare for a walkability audit including route selection and tools, 3) how to market a walkability audit and who to invite, 4) things to bring along on your audit, and 5) what to do once your audit is over. The session will include an in-depth presentation on walkability and a walking tour around Greenville to observe firsthand streetscape features that promote or deter walking.



Katherine Hebert

Confirmed Speaker

Katherine Hebert is experienced in healthy community design and a well-known Health Impact Assessment practitioner having personally led 11 HIAs and having served as a mentor for 3 others. Ms. Hebert currently works for the Centralina Council of Governments as a Healthy Community Design Specialist for the Centralina Health Solutions ... Read More

Michelle Nance, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Michelle E. Nance, AICP is the Planning Director for the Centralina Council of Governments, providing planning services to nine counties in the greater Charlotte region. She directs the Council’s work related to land use and transportation, healthy community initiatives, energy and the environment. Her work is focused on helping ... Read More

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