Land Use and Zoning Essentials

One of our goals at Active Living by Design is to promote physical activity by increasing proximity to routine destinations and accessibility of parks and greenspaces. This expands opportunities for active routine travel and recreation. There is growing evidence that segregated and spread out land use patterns make walking, biking, transit and other forms of active transportation very difficult, promote automobile dependency and increase health and safety risks for those who are active. A more compact and integrated land use system which is more supportive of active transportation and routine recreational use of parks and greenspace would help make healthy levels of physical activity more attainable for large numbers of people during their daily routine. This page offers some important resources to help facilitate your work on this important part of active living.