Collaborate with the Arkansas Municipal League to administer a comprehensive survey of the current status of physical and built environment initiatives for communities within Arkansas by July 2017.
Collaborate with the Arkansas Municipal League to publish results of the comprehensive survey of the current status of physical and built environment for communities within Arkansas by January 2018.
By January 2018, have an Arkansas-specific model joint use agreement between communities and schools for distribution through Healthy Active Arkansas partners.
Have at least four communities adopt new or major updates to city pedestrian and/or bicycle plans adhering to the policies of the Arkansas State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan each calendar year.
Have at least three communities adopt new Complete Streets policies by January 2020.
Strategies and Action Steps
Create communities that are denser and more connected and livable, incorporating mixed-use neighborhoods, safety, walkability and access to schools and other positive destinations and healthy food options.
- Create master pedestrian and bike plans at the community level that connect to Arkansas State Highway Department's Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
- Develop plans and policies to create public spaces for people using all forms of mobility (wheelchair, stroller, bicycle, etc.)
- Provide resources, technical assistance and education to the community on policy, environmental and systems changes.
- Create master community, park and recreational facility plans that encourage physical activity.
Encourage design principles that support a statewide healthy highways policy.
- Incorporate Health Impact Assessments into highway design requirements.
- Educate stakeholders along the proposed roadway construction route on design principles.
- Promote grassroots support of Complete Streets principles in every community across Arkansas.
- Work with city, county and other planners to incorporate increased Connectivity Index scores into relevant policies and regulations.
Ensure the built environment supports access to sources of healthy foods.
- Conduct walkability assessments that identify access to sources of healthy foods.
- Support zoning legislation that increases access to healthy foods (e.g. community gardens, groceries, restaurants)
Increase formal joint-use agreements between communities and organizations such as schools and faith-based organizations to provide access to physical activity areas.
- Increase awareness of joint-use agreements with schools, faith-based organizations, etc. and potential partners.
- Increase number of school districts with policies supportive of joint use agreements.
- Provide model joint-use policies to communities, schools, faith-based organizations and others.
State, county and local policy makers will create incentives to encourage denser, more walkable communities and multi-use developments.
- Create a statewide award similar to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification or Active Community Environments (ACE) philosophy that is based on healthy community livability.
Create a shared community vision to develop and improve livability and economic viability.
- Utilize focus groups, needs assessments and town hall meetings to identify shared values.
- Create an action plan based on shared values.
- Market the shared vision of the community.