Derby District Redevelopment

At a Glance:

Location: Commerce City, Colorado

Date: 2007

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: food access, traffic safety, nutrition, physical activity, physical activity

Affected Population: N/A

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

Community Types: urban

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The HIA looked at the proposed redevelopment of the Derby District in Colorado’s Commerce City commercial core. The HIA considered how the redevelopment might affect issues, such as opportunities for physical activity; access to supermarkets that stock fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods; traffic and personal safety. The HIA made many specific recommendations for measures that could be taken to improve opportunities for walking and cycling, control traffic at dangerous intersections, encourage farmers’ markets and grocery stores and improve public safety.


Intersection upgrades to enhance safety were included in the final redevelopment. In addition, the HIA findings encouraged Commerce City to apply for a grant from the state’s transportation department to create safe routes for walking to school.

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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