Land-Use, Housing and Transportation Principles
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When making rebuilding decisions after a natural disaster or other tragedy, communities should consider the connections between land-use, housing and alternative transportation options.
Coordinating decisions in these areas enhance the community's usefulness and appearance, as well as the ability of residents to stay active, independent and engaged.
The result is a community that enjoys a strong sense of place and benefits from having greater sustainability and a more effective allocation of resources.
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Livable Land-Use Principles
Proper land-use planning and design are critical to developing livable communities. The following principles are detailed further in Chapter 9 of the AARP Policy Book.
1. Create a strong sense of place: The built environment should be in character with the natural environment and respect community values.
2. Prioritize investment in sustainability: Increase energy efficiency, reduce infrastructure costs, foster long-term affordability, enhance transit availability and reduce the community’s carbon footprint and the negative health effects of climate changes.
3. Promote mixed-use development: Pursue land-use planning that connects residents to jobs, services, retail, recreation and entertainment through an interconnected network of “Complete Streets” that increase transportation options and social interactions.
4. Foster lifelong-learning opportunities: Encouraging the intergenerational use of public facilities provides residents with learning opportunities that contribute to personal growth and economic productivity.
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Livable Housing Principles
A livable community has affordable, appropriate and diverse housing options. The following principles and others are detailed further in Chapter 9 of the AARP Policy Book.
1. Improve home design: Provide safe, decent and accessible housing that promotes independence and aging in place through home modifications and repairs and the use of innovative home products and appropriate design features, such as those promoted by universal design, inclusive home design and energy efficiency efforts.
2. Promote affordable housing options: Ensure that land-use and other policies enable the private and public sectors to provide a variety of housing sizes and types. Promote policies and programs that support the creation and maintenance of an adequate supply of affordable rental housing and home ownership options to meet the needs of people of all ages, family compositions and income levels.
3. Support residents in all types of households: Ensure that older adults have a choice in the type of housing arrangement that best fits their needs.
Livable Transportation and Mobility Principles
A livable community has affordable, appropriate and diverse transportation options. The following principles and others are detailed further in Chapter 9 of the AARP Policy Book.
1. Create transportation options: Community residents should have a range of safe, accessible, dependable and affordable transportation options, including alternatives to driving, that enhance mobility, promote independence, facilitate employment opportunities, assure non-emergency transportation to medical services and foster social engagement.
2. Ensure that the transportation system is accessible: Provide travel infrastructure and facilities that accommodate the needs of pedestrians as well as older drivers and enhance safety for all users across all modes of travel. The equipment, physical environment and service standards for both public transit providers and private carriers should maximize mobility choice and access for consumers of all ability levels and across the income spectrum.
3. Promote healthy communities through sustainable transportation infrastructure: Coordinating transportation and land-use decisions enhance public health by creating communities where it is safe and convenient to replace trips in private vehicles with walking, bicycling and public transportation.
AARP Disaster Recovery Tool Kit Contents
- Part 1: Livable Communities and Community Rebuilding
- Part 2: Land-Use, Housing and Transportation Principles
- Part 3: AARP Livable Communities Rebuilding Resources
- Part 4: Recovery Efforts and the 8 Domains of Livability
This tool kit is a collaboration of the Federal Emergency Management Administration and AARP Livable Communities, represented by senior program advisor Jeanne Anthony. The tool kit was published in January 2015 with portions updated in September 2017.