Planning Boards Must Put Healthy Communities at Center of Real Estate Decisions – Next City

People walking, people in wheelchairs, people with walkers, people who are children, people who have children, people on bicycles are all part of traffic, yet people are not included in many traffic studies.

Developers are often required to show data when presenting a proposal for a project to a town’s planning board. Planning boards, in their most basic of capacities, determine two things: use in regards to zoning and safety. How can planning boards properly determine the safety of developments if there’s no requirement to measure the safety for people not in cars?

People not in cars are the most important part of any development.

People are not in their cars when they spend money. People who don’t own cars have money to spend. People are the reason that buildings are built. Developments…

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