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General Plans and Zoning: A Toolkit for Building Healthy, Vibrant Communities


Change Lab Solutions developed "General Plans and Zoning: A Toolkit for Building Healthy, Vibrant communities." The toolkit is designed for public health officials interested in affecting the built environment to improve health outcomes. It gives a background on land use concepts, provides information about general plans including model language, describes the zoning process, and gives a roadmap for public health officials to impact zoning and general plans. This can be useful for local health departments looking to work with other sectors on a health in all policies approach. It provides information on how policies can improve health outcomes that local health departments can share with planning and zoning commissions.

Primary Toolkit:

Environmental Health in All Policies (HiAP)

Keyword Area:

Accreditation, Chronic Disease, Environmental Health, Health Policy, Land Use, Obesity


Institutional Author:

Public Health Law & Policy




The NACCHO Toolbox is a repository of available resources to help local public health practitioners. Tools are produced by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as academic institutions and other stakeholders. The contents of this Toolbox are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official recommendations of NACCHO. NACCHO makes no express or implied warranty with respect to the contents and disclaims liability for any damages arising from or connected to the use of the material in this Toolbox.