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Health Background Study Framework

Heart and Stroke Foundation, Peel Region Public Health, ON | 2010-2011

The Heart and Stroke Foundation and Peel Region Public Health retained The Planning Partnership to develop a Health Background Study Framework, which is intended to ensure new development promotes and supports healthy and active communities. When implemented as part of the development approvals process, the Health Background Study will be used as checklist-based tool for municipalities to evaluate development proposals against a set of criteria for healthy built form organized under six core elements: density, service proximity, land use mix, street connectivity, streetscape characteristics, and parking.

This project was framed by the evidence-based research compiled and analyzed as part of the Healthy Development Index (HDI) and on The Planning Partnership’s extensive experience in community design, with a focus on bringing together planners and public health professionals, and identifying implementation strategies within the planning approvals process.

In developing a Framework for the Health Background Study that is feasible and supported by a diverse range of end-users, The Planning Partnership completed extensive research on existing policies, best practices, and model tools, along with 25 targeted interviews and two rounds of interactive stakeholder workshops with over 50 professionals.

The end products of this extensive research and consultation process included a Situational Assessment Report, Terms of Reference for the Health Background Study, Development Standards for six core elements, a User Guide that included a Standards and Planning Approvals Matrix, and an Implementation Strategy.

Peel Public Health is currently conducting an evaluation of the impact of the Healthy Development Index (HDI) and the Health Background Study Framework (HBSF) to better understand the practical implementation and application of the standards.