2 Year Objective

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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.

2 Year Objective

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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.

2 Year Objective

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By January 2018, have an Arkansas-specific model joint use agreement between communities and schools for distribution through Healthy Active Arkansas partners.

2 Year Objective

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Have at least three communities adopt new Complete Streets policies by January 2020.


Strategies and Action Steps

Connected and Livable Communities

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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.

Action Steps
  • 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.

Healthy Design Principles

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Encourage design principles that support a statewide healthy highways policy.

Action Steps
  • 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.

Access to Healthy Foods

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Ensure the built environment supports access to sources of healthy foods.

Action Steps
  • 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)

Joint Use Agreements

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Increase formal joint-use agreements between communities and organizations such as schools and faith-based organizations to provide access to physical activity areas.

Action Steps
  • 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.

Walkable Communities

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State, county and local policy makers will create incentives to encourage denser, more walkable communities and multi-use developments.

Action Steps
  • 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.

Livability and Economic Viability

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Create a shared community vision to develop and improve livability and economic viability.

Action Steps
  • 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.