L.A. city planners have released a Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles, the first time a blueprint for health and wellness has been included in the city’s general plan. In the coming weeks, the public – you and other residents of L.A. -- will have a chance to learn about the plan and to offer comments at a series of community forums.
At the same time, the city is also updating its mobility plan – a master transportation plan -- and its zoning code, which governs future development. Together, these efforts articulate a new vision for Los Angeles, one that aims to create a healthier future for the city and its residents and declares that health and health equity are fundamental values that will shape future planning and development decisions.
The Department of City Planning invites public comments on these proposed plans through May 13, 2014. You can comment in person at one of seven community forums to be held throughout the city in March and April. You also can submit comments by email or in writing.
It’s important that the City hear from health advocates and residents alike. Submitting comments will help ensure that the needs and perspectives of all communities are reflected in the final plan. We urge you to attend a forum and/or to submit comments based on three key principles:
- The City’s policies must prioritize health and equity for all Angelenos.
- The City should direct resources towards the areas facing the most adverse health and safety outcomes.
- Implementation and evaluation mechanisms must be in place to ensure that the plan results in meaningful and equitable health outcomes.
As the largest city in California to adopt a health and wellness plan, Los Angeles is setting an example for healthy and equitable planning. Make your voice heard and help shape a healthier future for generations of Angelenos to come.