The City of Billings, Montana, in conjunction with consultant firm AECOM, has created a 20-year master plan for the South Billings Boulevard Urban Renewal District (SBBURD). The South Billings Master Plan provides a set of goals that will guide land use, transportation development, community design, and capital improvements through 2032. The goal of the proposed South Billings Master Plan is to set a long-term course for creating a vibrant community in which residents can live, work, and go to school in neighborhoods that are strong, safe, prosperous, and connected. The HIA analyzed the plan’s potential to influence access to healthy foods, encourage mixed-use development through zoning changes, and improve transportation through road maintenance and construction of new sidewalks, bicycle paths, and hiking trails.
The South Billings Master Plan was passed by the city council on Feb. 27, 2012. The plan incorporated recommendations from this HIA as well as the Yellowstone County/City of Billings Growth Policy HIA.
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.