Putting “health and wellness” into city plan

February 19, 2010

richmond wellnessThe city of Richmond is close to adopting a new way of planning for the city’s future, adding a “health and wellness” element to its general plan that will force developers to address new concerns when they design neighborhoods or other projects. The city believes it would be the first in the nation with such a comprehensive requirement. The new rules would require builders to show that residents have adequate access to healthy foods, medical services, public transit, affordable housing, recreation and open space, economic opportunity, safe neighborhoods, and environmentally sound, sustainable buildings. HealthyCal contributor Martin Ricard profiles the plan in this report:

Richmond’s Health Plan from Martin Ricard on Vimeo.

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