Why is healthy urban design important to health and wellbeing?
Healthy design puts a focus on human health and wellbeing in urban planning. The surroundings people live in play an important part in encouraging or discouraging healthy behaviours. Neighbourhoods that are planned and designed with health and wellbeing in mind, can create local environments that promote active living, nurture social interaction, support access to healthy and fresh food, facilitate access to green and safe open public spaces, and ensure all residents are included in and can access such places and services.
Find out more information by downloading the Healthy Design Fact Sheet (494kb)
Why is healthy urban design a priority for Casey?
- Casey is a fast growing urban area with a large amount of new development proposed. The City of Casey has the opportunity to design for a healthy future.
- Healthy urban planning can assist to reduce local access to fast food, alcohol and electronic gambling; particularly in low socioeconomic areas where residents are already at risk of experiencing poorer health and wellbeing.
- Healthy urban planning may have the greatest impact on areas of the population who have low incomes. These populations usually experience the poorest health of the community, but a healthy design can help change this situation.
Casey's population is predicted to grow from the current 270,000 to around 450,000 by 2036
What is the City of Casey committed to doing?
Our goal is to plan and promote urban development in Casey that enhances health and wellbeing.
We aim to achieve this by working with our partners to:
- Advocate to State Government to consider health implications in State Planning
- Advocate to State Government to include Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles in infrastructure design
- Improve safety in public spaces using CPTED; particularly for children, youth and women
- Increase the use of healthy urban environmental design principles and planning that supports a healthy and sustainable food system
- Reduce traffic congestion in neighbourhoods and around schools
- Provide adequate public space that is within walking distance of residences
- Improve connectivity and walkability of local path network
- Design appropriate community infrastructure for an aging community that is also useful to other generations
What has Council already achieved?
The implementation strategy that is currently being established, will guide the work of Council for the next four years. Once action has commenced, this section will be updated quarterly to reflect the achievements of Council.
Healthy Design - What does Council have in place?
- Playground Strategy 2011 focuses on play facilities in public open space targeting preschool and primary school aged children. The need for play facilities for children of all ages and adults / older adults has also been considered.
How can residents be involved?
The City of Casey provides a range of ways for the community to provide feedback on Council policies, service delivery performance or involvement in the progress or review of specific projects or developments.
Casey Conversations hosts a number of community conversations where residents can ask questions, provide feedback to Council and talk to each other about local issues affecting Casey’s future.
Current consultations are listed and updated.