Cities and counties throughout California are
demonstrating leadership in creating active, lively communities
that support the health and vitality of their residents while
also making their communities more sustainable.
Community design influences residents’ mode choice, impacts the
ability to be physically active, affects opportunities for social
interaction, shapes the natural environment and informs personal
food choices. Planners and land use officials can design
environments that provide opportunities for physical activity and
These case stories highlight examples of creating healthy
neighborhoods by way of planning and community design. Each
story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and
can serve as examples other agencies may consider and adapt to
meet their communities’ unique circumstances.