City of Sheridan Comprehensive Plan Update

At a Glance:

Location: Sheridan, Colorado

Date: 2015

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Lifelong Learning, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: food access, clean air, transit system, active transportation, traffic safety, employment, education, meaningful work and wealth, parks, clean water, complete communities

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Primary research, Literature review, stakeholder_interviews, Survey, Qualitative research, Quantitative research

Community Types: suburban

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The Tri-County Health Department conducted an HIA of Sheridan’s Comprehensive Plan update, which is intended to help frame policies that maximize positive health effects and prioritize implementation strategies. The previous Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2004, had focused on programmatic municipal changes and guidance for specific properties in the community. One objective for the new plan was to include sections on transportation, connectivity, economic opportunities, neighborhood development, and the environment. The HIA examined the proposed plan’s potential impacts on residents’ economic opportunity, access to food, sense of safety and social connectedness, physical activity, and air and water quality.


The HIA team presented its findings and recommendations to the Sheridan Planning Commission and City Council in March 2015, and policymakers passed a resolution supporting incorporation of all of the report’s recommendations into the comprehensive plan, which was subsequently adopted June 8, 2015.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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