Healthy community development: Creating and assessing tools for planning and designing healthy communities in British Columbia
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The health of our communities is of increasing concern to professionals and various health organisations. The design of our built environment influences most of our daily activities which in turn influence our health. This thesis explores the impacts of planning on the health of the community. Health organisations such as WHO, PHSA, etc. have created frameworks which relate design to health but these frameworks are quite general in nature. This thesis focuses on the relationship of health to neighbourhood planning with a focus on two neighbourhoods in Nanaimo. This thesis aims to help in gaining a more complete understanding of the various factors present in these neighbourhoods and what can be improved in terms of the existing policies and guidelines for developing a healthier future. The approach used here is mainly secondary data collection and the analysis of the collected data to help design an improved healthy community framework. This thesis specifically deals with providing an updated framework for planning which can be easily used by professionals such as planners, developers, municipal officials and health officials. The proposed framework aims to commence a guiding structure for the future of planning and design guidelines.
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