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5/30/2012

Public welcome to join commissioners for Growing Healthier hearing on Tuesday

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Jonnie Hyde, Public Health
Phone: (360) 397-8122
jonnie.hyde@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver - The Board of County Commissioners will consider approval of the recently completed Growing Healthier Report during a 6 p.m. public hearing Tuesday, June 5. It will be in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

The report recommends policies and strategies to promote and protect the health of county residents now and as the county population continues to grow. It focuses on eight categories:

Access to healthful food
Active transportation and land use
Parks and open space
Economic opportunity
Affordable, quality housing
Climate change and human health
Environmental quality
Safety and social connections

Although some recommendations may enhance planning in traditional areas such as transportation, some recommendations focus on new topics.

At the hearing, the Board will consider approving the report and directing Community Planning to integrate the recommendations into the next Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update. The next update is expected to be done by December 2016.

The 86-page Growing Healthier Report was developed in a collaborative effort among the Public Health Advisory Council, Clark County Public Health and Community Planning. It is the result of an 18-month public outreach process.

For each topic, Public Health staff reviewed scientific literature and best practices and compiled data on current conditions in Clark County. Based on the findings, the Advisory Council drafted policy recommendations.

The full report can be found at
www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/community/growing_healthy/documents.html

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