Examining the impact of municipal and county mixed land use zoning ordinances on public health

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy-makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This grant project at HBSA Inc. will analyze the presence of Mixed Land Use Zones (MLUZs) in 31 California counties in relationship to health indices such as obesity, asthma, cancer, heart disease, injuries, and crime rates. The research questions asked by this study include: (1) Do MLUZs result in improved public health outcomes? (2) Do outcomes appear dependent on the types of permitted, conditionally permitted, or unpermitted uses? (3) To what extent do such variables as ordinance effective dates, multiple MLUZs, public transportation, and population size affect the potency of public health benefits? and (4) Can this methodology be used to study the impact of other ordinances on public health? Deliverables for this project include academic journal articles and presentations, press releases, podcasts, interviews, op ed submissions, and publication of diverse project materials on the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Web site. The county-by-county fact sheets generated by the project will be presented to representatives from each of the 31 California counties.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,824.00

Awarded on: 11/3/2009

Time frame: 12/1/2009 - 5/31/2011

Grant Number: 67145



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Carol L. Cannon
Project Director


Sue Thomas
Project Director