Planning and land use decisions significantly affect the health of communities. Planning affects everything from the kinds of businesses that move in to how public property is used. Livable places don’t just happen. They’re the result of strategic planning and equal participation between residents, decision makers, and business leaders.
To ensure that our communities are livable, The California Endowment supports resident advocacy to influence policies at the state, regional, and local levels. Everything from building more sidewalks and bike paths to advocating for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will contribute to making our communities livable and healthy.
What We’re Doing:
- Advocating for a focus on health in the regional plans required by SB 375, the greenhouse gas emissions reduction law.
- Encouraging local governments to take a health in all policies approach to land use planning, as well as building sidewalks, bike paths, and utilizing other parts of the “built environment” to promote physical activity.