Chapter 13 Introduction

A livable community is one that is safe and secure. It offers choices in where to live and how to get around. And it equitably serves residents of all ages, ability levels, incomes, races, ethnicities, and other backgrounds. Livable communities:

  • enhance personal independence;
  • allow residents to remain in their homes and communities as they age; and
  • provide opportunities for residents of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to engage fully in civic, economic, and social life.

Livable communities include essential features that allow residents of all ages and backgrounds to thrive. These include mixed-use zoningRegulations that determine how land can be developed, where buildings are constructed, how they can be used, and more. Exclusive single-family residential zoning reduces housing options and typically increases the need to drive., safe and varied transportation options, and diversity of housing types. Livable communities also include public spaces that benefit everyone. They also provide access to essential businesses, such as grocery stores.