Planning for a Healthy OC (Part II)

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Thursday, August 21, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Irvine, CA, United States

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This session is the second in a two-part program series about healthy communities planning in Orange County. The diverse panel of speakers will provide an in-depth look at tools that planners can use to assess healthy environments. Planners will learn how to evaluate current health conditions and potential improvements to develop healthy community policies and programs. Paul Martin, Active Transportation Coordinator at OCTA, will speak about walkability and bikeability assessments using examples from Southern California. These assessments can be powerful tools used to engage planners, traffic engineers, residents and decision makers in evaluating deficiencies and identifying improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. Elsa Amezcua with the Orange County Health Care Agency will demonstrate the Communities of Excellence (CX3) survey tools used to objectively assess grocery stores and fast food outlets and help improve the retail food environment in neighborhoods. Bill Jacobs will speak about the health impact checklist used by the City of Irvine to evaluate infill development in the Irvine Business Complex--an area that is evolving from solely office, industrial, and commercial uses into a fully mixed-use business and residential community. Bill will talk about how a checklist fits into the decision-making process and influences the design of development to promote health.