Planners and designers have often proposed that certain physical plans and designs are healthier. Some proposals are for specific elements such as trails and others for overall community or regional design. The links below provide resources that explicitly link health and physical design:
- National Health Service London Healthy Urban Development Unit’s Delivering Healthier Communities in London provides an overview of health topics and case studies of health-sensitive planning in London.
- NSW Health. 2009. Healthy Urban Development Checklist. Aimed at health staff to enable them to interact with planning processes this is a nicely written and comprehensive guide.
- Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. 2009. Planning by Design: A Healthy Communities Handbook. The strength of this manual is its case study approach with many Canadian examples.
- Design for Health. 2009. Comprehensive Plan Review Checklists. This is a fairly streamlined set of specific questions focused on evaluating comprehensive plans. They are linked to both the Key Questions Research Summaries and the Planning Information Sheet series.
- See further information on Urban Design and Land Use.