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Policy scan memos

Policy scan memo of local ordinances that may impact healthy eating, biking and walking

In 2017, the Public Health Department contracted with the Public Health Law Center (Mitchell Hamline College of Law) to conduct an extensive scan of all ordinances and other official controls that impact healthy eating, biking and walking in the cities of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield. Their findings have been published in these recently-released policy scan memos, which are accompanied by two summary documents for each city focusing on Active Transportation and Healthy Eating recommendations.

The policy scans are intended to be resource documents for city staff, policymakers and health advocates as the cities consider changes to ordinances that may impact healthy eating, walking and biking. Public Health staff is working with Planning, Public Works and Environmental Health staff to include a few key recommendations from the policy scans into the Comprehensive Plan update in the three cities.

The work was funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant through the MN Department of Health that the Public Health Department receives on behalf of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield.