Five Principles of Planning for a Healthy Community

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Good pedestrian facilities and connectivity are some of the basic elements of a community that fosters more active lifestyles.  However, healthy communities are about more than just sidewalks and walkability.  In order to promote changes in community design, public policies, and land use that cultivate active community environments, five principles of planning for a healthy community should be considered during the comprehensive planning process.  These principles include:

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accessibility
  • Complete Streets Principles
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Compact and Mixed-Use Development
  • Convenient Access to Healthy Food

Read more detail about the five principles of planning for a healthy community. PDF icon

These five principles also constitute the categories of the Comprehensive Plan Healthy-Community Checklist.

Learn more about how Delaware local governments can use the checklist to incorporate the five planning principles during the development of or an update to a comprehensive plan. PDF icon
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