Carver County Minnesota: Design for Active Living
October 3rd, 2006
On October 3, Jim Charlier helped present a workshop on “design for active living” for the cities and townships of Carver County Minnesota.Jim addressed how active living principles should be incorporated into local planning and design for transportation facilities. A condensed version of Jim’s presentation is available for download below.
Carver County is on the fringes of the Twin Cities metropolitan region and until recently has been a rural county with small communities set in a rolling landscape given over primarily to agricultural production. Now the county is seeing significant population growth and rapid change in its towns and villages are receiving suburban development spilling out from the cities.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide background and training for planners, public health professionals, elected officials and others interested in how to ensure that development patterns and thoughtless design do not preclude active living – walking and bicycling as part of everyday life – in their communities. Carver County’s public health and land and water services departments are working together to provide leadership and support in promoting design for active living throughout the county. The program was organized by Tracy Bade (Carver County Public health Department) and included the following speakers:
- Tracy Bade, Carver County Public Health Program
- Jim Charlier, Charlier Associates, Inc.
- Carissa Schively Slotterback, University of Minnesota
- Jeff Schoenbauer, Brauer & Associates, Ltd
- Amber Dallman, Active Living Ramsey County