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)
San Pablo’s General Plan establishes a new vision for the city, one that fosters mixed-use development along the city’s transportation corridors and enhances San Pablo’s environmental quality. The General Plan was prepared synergistically with the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan (also prepared by Dyett & Bhatia).
In addition to the usual General Plan elements, the San Pablo General Plan includes several optional elements. The Economic Development Element 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. 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 one of first communities in the State to adopt a stand-alone 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