2018 National Planning Conference

Business Case for Planning Healthy Towns

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198020

Location: 2014

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  • Consider land-use, transportation, and wider technological interventions and methods to foster private sector consensus and commitment to future generations of healthy towns and communities.
  • Identify recent evidence and statistics that quantify the value and benefits of healthy communities to make the case in policy making and development decisions.
  • Understand what public-private collaboration performance measures and strategies are needed to successfully implement healthy new towns in any political, social, economic, environmental, technological, and spatial contexts.


This session provides international policy and tools from leading experts in the UK and North America that align with UN Sustainable Development Goals for healthy and equitable planning. The presentations highlight inclusive partnerships to form land-use, transportation, and design frameworks that inform practical delivery and spur private sector investment. Learn about elements of innovations in digital technology to support healthier living, transport and land use planning at the regional level, and human health and wellness buildings. Emerging examples show how alignment of planning regulatory measures with private investment capacity has been driving collaborations between planning authorities and the private sector, and transforming business models in an era of constrained public sector resources. This session outlines examples from UK’s Healthy New Towns, and U.S. regional/metropolitan planning approaches in leveraging investments with walkable land use, what effective public private partnerships look like, and what are the demonstrable values to private sector innovators and developers. The UK and U.S. speakers discuss challenges and what health equity policies can be achieved through planning interventions, industry evidence on how these interventions can increase development value, combined with practical insight on overcoming implementation barriers.

Session Speakers

Eleanor Eaton
University of Bath

Kelly Porter, AICP
Houston Galveston Area Council
Austin, TX

Michael Chang
Public Health England
London, England