Health Impact Assessments

Vermont Health Department Plan BTV South End Health Impact Assessment

Through funding from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, Healthy Community Design Initiative, ASTHO awarded the Vermont Department of Health a grant in late 2014 to conduct a health impact assessment of a development plan for the South End of Burlington. The South End of Burlington is a rapidly growing and changing area, so starting in July 2014, the City of Burlington began engaging the community in a planning process to protect and preserve what is most loved about the South End while proactively preparing for the continued growth and change. This process was referred to as “planBTV South End”. The culmination of this engagement process was the release of draft planBTV South End in June 2015. The plan looked at the different interrelated components of land use, transportation, stormwater management, and recreational opportunities. Strategies proposed in the plan include a combination policies and practices in the areas of: economic development, arts and affordability, mobility, parks and green spaces, brownfields, managing stormwater, and housing. The HIA was completed around the same time and provides recommendations for the plan and City to optimize health, including using planning tools like zoning to support mixed use development, incorporating “health supporting language” into the master plan, and establishing and implementing “Complete Streets” policies. You can also find more details on the planBTV South End on its dedicated website.

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