St. Louis Park Comprehensive Plan

Location St. Louis Park Minnesota
Organization City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota Department of Health

In 2010, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support and conduct Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). As part of the grant requirements and in collaboration with the City of St. Louis Park (SLP), MDH proceeded to prepare a desktop HIA on the City’s Comprehensive Plan. MDH used Design for Health’s Comprehensive Plan Review Checklist to determine what health issues to explore. MDH selected 20 ‘essential for health’ indicators from the list of 100. Indicators included assessments of tree canopy, views of greenery, parks & trails accessibility, pedestrian lighting, healthy food, lead exposure, housing affordability, air and water pollution, transit accessibility, density, complete streets, and mixed-use development. The HIA made recommendations in three categories: physical activity and access to healthy foods; personal health and safety; and neighborhood and community health. The HIA recommended expanding on-stree bike lanes to improve connectsion to the regional bike trail and creating and implementing a sidewalk plan, to ensure that all communities have connectivity to neighboring commercial and transit centers. The HIA also recommended adopting a local complete streets policy.

The HIA report was presented to the SLP Planning Commission in August 2011 and was adopted as a planning tool for consideration when updating the comprehensive plan. It is hoped that specific recommendations from the HIA will be included in the final SLP Comprehensive Plan.

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At A Glance
  • Status:
    Completed
  • Publication date:
    2011, November
  • Decision-making levels:
    Local
  • Sectors:
    Planning and zoning
  • Additional topic areas:
    Active transportation, Land-use planning, Parks and green spaces
  • Drivers of health:
    Access to healthy food, Clean air and water, Community safety, Diet and physical activity, Safe, affordable, and healthy housing, Safe and accessible active transportation routes, Safe and affordable parks and recreational facilities, Safe street infrastructure
  • Affected populations:
    Children
  • Community types:
    Urban
  • Research methods:
    Quantitative research
  • Funding source:
    Other funding