AARP Livable Communities Principles

Policymakers on the federal, state, and local levels have important roles to play in designing livable communities where residents of all ages can participate fully. The following principles set out the broad livable communities goals for policymakers across the areas of land use, housing, and transportation.

Secure affordability—communities should provide transportation, housing, and other services and features that are affordable to people of all income levels.

Ensure equitable access—all people should have access to affordable transportation and housing, as well as a safe and healthy environment in which to live.

Ensure quality—individuals should have high-quality choices to meet their needs, including housing and transportation.

Prioritize accessibility and the ability to age in place—people of all abilities and ages should be able to enjoy services and community features that meet their needs, allowing them to live in the setting of their choice and increase their access to destinations.

Promote health, safety, and environmental sustainability—communities should support the right of individuals from all incomes and backgrounds to live safe, secure, and healthy lives. Environmentally sustainable communities protect natural resources and create conditions, such as clean air and water, which improve health outcomes for residents over the long term.

Achieve holistic policymaking—all communities should recognize and act on the intersections between livable communities and such issues as health, wellness, safety, work, education, environment, and social engagement to enable residents across generations to live their best lives.