Planning and design of master-planned communities for healthy living

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Bajracharya, B., & Too, L. (2012). Planning and design of master-planned communities for healthy living. Paper presented at the 5th Healthy Cities conference: Working together to achieve liveable cities. 6-8 June, 2012. Geelong, Victoria: Australia.

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2012 HERDC submission. FoR code: 120500

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Due to growing health concerns linked to inactive living, a number of new master-planned communities in South East Queensland are creating supportive environments for physical activities. Varsity Lakes in Gold Coast is an example of such community which provides both infrastructures and programs to encourage active living. The objective of the paper is to examine the relationship between built environment and healthy communities through a review of current literature. Synthesising these findings, a conceptual framework is developed for supporting active and healthy living in master-planned communities. The three key factors are 1) place; 2) program and 3) partnership. This framework is then applied to Varsity Lakes as a case study area for validation. The paper will also identify key challenges and opportunities Varsity Lakes face in its role in promoting active and healthy living and draw implications for the planning of future master-planned communities.



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