APA National Award of Achievement in Environmental Planning:
San Pablo General Plan Health Element (2013)
APA Northern California Section Focused Issue Award:
San Pablo General Plan Health Element (2012)
The new General Plan responds to key ideas from the community and focuses on current and future community needs. The Plan establishes a new vision for the City, one that fosters mixed-use development along the city’s transportation corridors and protects San Pablo’s environmental quality. In addition to the usual General Plan elements, the San Pablo General Plan includes an Economic Development Element that establishes policies to build a diversified job base, expand education and training, and develop regional attractions for the city. The Health Element—winner of a National Award from the American Planning Association—promotes health and emotional well being of San Pablo residents.
In the 2030 General Plan Update, the San Pablo City Council asked Dyett & Bhatia to “put people first” and include a Health Element in the Plan to achieve a broader definition of community well-being. The Council’s charge was to:
Recognize health conditions in San Pablo today, and some of the environmental factors that contribute to these conditions;
Focus on the relationships between community health and wellness outcomes—such as death, chronic disease, drug abuse, crime, and incarceration—and the built, natural, and social environments;
Propose policies and implementation program to address identified major health issues facing the community; and
Provide an explicit and direct public health perspective, and a mechanism for navigating health-related policies that appear throughout the rest of the General Plan.
San Pablo is the first community in the State to adopt a Health Element for its General Plan. Key themes that provide the organizing framework for the element include:
Healthy Transportation and Physical Activity;
Healthy Food Access and Equity;
Access to Services and Planning for People First; and