Commission on Aging to hear how complete neighborhoods improve livability, connectivity and accessibility

The Sept. 18 discussion is the sixth meeting this year focused on healthy communities, especially for people 65 and older

VANCOUVER — According to Clark County officials, a healthy community has complete neighborhoods with a well-rounded offering of daily goods and services within walking and biking distance.   A neighborhood is complete when it provides access to parks, community facilities, schools, libraries, and other shops and services for all ages, abilities and incomes. Such access promotes physical activity, reduces reliance on cars, and can improve neighborhood safety for residents of all ages.

According to Clark County officials, a healthy community has complete neighborhoods with a well-rounded offering of daily goods and services within walking and biking distance. Photo by Mike Schultz
According to Clark County officials, a healthy community has complete neighborhoods with a well-rounded offering of daily goods and services within walking and biking distance. Photo by Mike Schultz

Area residents can learn about the benefits of complete neighborhoods and what changes can be made at the local level to promote the development of these types of communities at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, 4:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 18.

The meeting will be in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

Rebecca Kennedy, long range planning manager with the city of Vancouver, and Elizabeth Decker, land use planner and founder of JET Planning, will discuss their experiences working with local jurisdictions in updating plans and development regulations to encourage the creation of neighborhoods where residents can find a mix of uses, local services and public amenities within a short walk from their homes.

The Sept. 18 discussion is the sixth meeting this year focused on healthy communities, especially for people 65 and older. Healthy communities can contribute to one’s ability to live independently, safely, and comfortably.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members. For more about the commission, please visit www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

Commission meetings are carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and online at www.cvtv.org. To see replay times, go to www.cvtv.org.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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