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Research Report

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November 2022


"HB1276 Comprehensive plan; Healthy Communities Strategy" authorizes defined localities to incorporate a healthy communities strategy into the next iteration of their local comprehensive plan and to engage the public in the process. In the absence of a predetermined definition, this report adopts the American Planning Association (APA) guidance as a standard, that a healthy community is a place where “all individuals have access to healthy built, social, economic, and natural environments that give them the opportunity to live their fullest potential regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, income, age, abilities, or other socially defined circumstance.”1 This report will discuss how communities across Virginia face disproportionate negative environmental impacts, with a specific focus on marginalized groups, communities of color and the impact of flooding. This research and analysis will center on the intersectionality of flooding and race and the impacts of HB1276 on racial/ethnic groups. In addition, this report will examine critical components of educating and mobilizing community members toward active participation and involvement in strategic community environmental planning initiatives.

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VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute Publications